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At Russia museum, Elgin Marbles statue is cast in a political light
At Russia museum, Elgin Marbles statue is cast in a political light

Some stared in awe at the impeccable 25-century-old statue. Some walked past without even stopping. "It is not in their program," explained a mentor for the latter group of giggling schoolchildren. One visitor suggested that Russia hold on to the iconic artwork rather than return it to Britain in mid-January at the conclusion of its short-term loan. And then there was the orderly group of somber-faced police cadets, who were intently observing the headless, handless and footless statue of the Greek river god Ilissos. "That one will be hard to identify and solve," said one of the junior detectives, evoking suppressed chuckles from his classmates. The statue...

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