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Jewelry Disappears From Hermitage


http://gdb.rferl.org/91B5A043-1CA0-4362-A03E-1603AD50E29B_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/91B5A043-1CA0-4362-A03E-1603AD50E29B_mw800_mh600.jpg The Hermitage, Russia's most famous museum (epa) July 31, 2006 -- More than 200 items of jewelry worth $5 million have disappeared from Russia's Hermitage museum in the city of St. Petersburg.


A museum spokesman said the loss of the items was noticed during a routine inspection.


It is not the first time that exhibits from the museum have vanished. In 2001, thieves stole a French painting insured for $1 million.


At the start of the inspection an employee assigned to the jewelry collection suddenly died.


(AP)

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