Russia’s Hermitage Museum denounces blasphemy investigation

People launch floating paper lanterns into the sky in front of the Hermitage museum to mark Earth Hour in St. PetersburgMOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia's renowned Hermitage Museum accused Russian authorities on Monday of fostering "mob rule" in taking up complaints by Russian Orthodox Christians over a British exhibit they said injured religious feelings. The row coincides with a surge in religious, nationalist sentiment in Russia, with President Vladimir Putin moving closer to the Orthodox Church to consolidate his support after facing the biggest protests since he rose to power nearly 13 years ago. …

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