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Russia’s seven wonders announced

Posted by Kris Roman on June 13, 2008

The competition to become one of Russia’s seven wonders is over, and the results have been announced in Red Square in Moscow.


The list includes the man-made masterpieces of St.Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Peterhof in St.Petersburg and the Motherland Statue on the Tumulus of Mamai in Volgograd.

In addition it has the natural marvels Mount Elbrus, Lake Baikal, the Valley of Geysers and the Stone Idols in the Republic of Komi.

The seven wonders were chosen by Internet voting from a list of 49 nominees.

The project was launched in October 2007 and was aimed at popularising Russia’s cultural and natural landmarks.

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Medvedev to Give $170 Million for Pushkin Art Museum Expansion

Posted by Kris Roman on June 3, 2008

 

John Varoli
Bloomberg

The Russian government will spend more than 4 billion rubles ($170 million) to expand and modernize the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the museum’s director said.

The Pushkin Museum is Moscow’s leading collection of Western European art, and owns about 650,000 items. It attracts about 1 million visitors a year, and has one of the finest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, with major works by Matisse, Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh.

The museum has the backing of the Foundation for Support of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, a private organization headed by Dmitry Medvedev until he became President of Russia in May.

“President Medvedev has been deeply involved in getting this support, for which we are very grateful,” Irina Antonova, the museum’s director, said in an interview. The money, given over three years, “will help us expand and reconstruct the museum as part of plans to mark our centenary in 2012.”

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