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House of Figures mentioned in Dr. Zhivago Perm Russia
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Though Perm cannot compete in economic terms with Yekaterinburg - which is a much bigger city - its cultural life is at least as rich.  I realised this when I visited its art gallery, which is mainly known - unfairly in my opinion - for its collection of the Christian art work of the Komi people.  Though this is indeed very striking, it detracts attention from the very fine collection the gallery has gathered of paintings extending back to the eighteenth century and reaching forward to the present day.  The centre-piece of cultural life in Perm is however the opera house.  This is housed in a fine neoclassical nineteenth century building that could compete with many in Europe.  
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Natylie Baldwin is the author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations, available at Amazon. Her writing has appeared in Consortium News, RT, OpEd News, The Globe Post,, The New York Journal of Books, (more...)

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