Court Overrules State Russian Museum Renovations

June 11th, 2019

A St. Petersburg court has ruled against the State Russian Museum in a lawsuit against staff, halting a $17 million renovation of its main building, which staff claimed would irreparably harm the site’s heritage. “We were surprised not by the decision of the court, but by the courage and principled professional honesty of judge Irina Vorobyova,” Irina Shalina, an art historian specializing in icons and one of the three plaintiffs, says.

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