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Billions Of Rubles Needed To Secure Russian Museums --> Some of the crowds that throng the Hermitage each day (ITAR-TASS) August 17, 2006 -- Russia's culture minister, Mikhail Sokolov, has called on the government to allocate an additional 13 billion rubles ($486 million) to improve security and staff salaries at museums.

He told a cabinet meeting that the recent theft of 221 artworks from Russia's world-famous State Hermitage Museum was "a powerful argument" for modernizing surveillance and security systems in museums across the country.

The son and husband of a former Hermitage curator have been charged in connection with the theft.


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