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Vladimir Putin visits "From a German Perspective" in Moscow

The Russian president Vladimir Putin paid a visit to the exhibition From a German Perspective at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the only event of the German cultural year in Russia. On Sunday, Putin told dpa that what impressed him most were the paintings of the Expressionists. "These works reflect the German character," the president said; "they are painted with strong lines and powerful expressive means."

Putin and the German chancellor Gerhard Schröder together arranged for the German-Russian Cultural Dialogue 2003/2004 to take place. In mid-January, Putin is scheduled to take part in the official closing ceremony together with German president Horst Köhler. (dpa)

A short film-clip on Vladimir Putin's visit to the exhibition can be found here; a detailed account of the exhibition From a German Perspective can be found here.

Irina Antonowa, Direktorin Puschkin Museum, Wladimir Putin und
Dr. Friedrich von Ploetz, Deutscher Botschafter in Moskau

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