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Theft From Hermitage Museum 'Inside Job'


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) August 1, 2006 -- The director of Russia's Hermitage Museum, Mikhail Piotrovsky, says the theft of jewelry worth $5 million can only have taken place with the complicity of museum staff.


The loss of several hundred items came to light on July 31 during a routine inspection.


The items were not insured. Piotrovsky said the jewelry was in storage, and the theft probably took place some time ago.


(AP)

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