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Russian PM arrives in St. Petersburg for CIS meeting

November 19, 2013, 20:22 UTC+3 St.PETERSBURG
On the sidelines of the meeting of the Council the Russian prime minister is to have bilateral meetings with his counterparts from neighboring states
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St.PETERSBURG, November 19, 20:03 /ITAR-TASS/. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in St.Petersburg to take part in a meeting of the Council of the CIS Heads of Government which will take place at Konstantinovsky Palace in Streljna near St.Petersburg.

On the sidelines of the meeting of the Council the Russian prime minister is to have bilateral meetings with his Belarusian counterpart Mikhail Myasnikovich, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Zhantoro Satybaldiyev, Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca and head of the Ukrainian Cabinet Nikolai Azarov.

On Tuesday evening Dmitry Medvedev is going to enjoy a visit to a private museum of Faberge jewelry opened at the Shuvalov Palace. A collection of Faberge Easter eggs, bought by famous businessman and patron of arts Viktor Vekselberg in 2004 from the descendants of the U.S. publishing tycoon, Malcolm Forbes, is the gem of the collection. For nine years since the Vekselberg Charity Foundation had been replenishing the collection which now numbers 4,000 exhibits of decorative-applied art.

Apart from the exquisite masterpieces of the Faberge collection, on display are pieces of decorative-applied made by talented Russian artists Ivan Khlebnikov, Pavel Ovchinnikov, Iganty Sazikov. A special room at the museum has icons and ancient church utensils on display.

The museum will be opened for ordinary visitors in the beginning of December. The admission fee will be moderate with discounts envisaged for children, students and pensioners.

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