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Serbian Museum Puts Wax Figure Of Putin On Display

A Serbian museum has put a wax figure of Russian President Vladimir Putin on display.

The figure was introduced by the Museum of Wax Figures in Jagodina, Serbia, before a crowd of a few thousand people.

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic praised Putin and called Russia, Serbia's traditional ally, a "strong political partner" at the event.

Putin is the first foreigner to be represented at the museum.

According to cable television channel N1, the Putin figure immediately drew some 2,500 people who queued to see it.

Dacic said the model of Putin, dressed in a black suit with white shirt and red tie, was "the best piece of art made in the museum, the one that looks the most like the original."

The museum's exhibition features some 30 figures, including Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia's strongman during the 1990s who died in a prison cell in The Hague in 2006, as well as slain reformist Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.

Serbian sports stars are also on display including tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and former U.S. NBA star Vlade Divac.

Based on reporting by AFP and TASS

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