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Russian icons head to U.S.

September 19, 2008|From the Associated Press

Relations between the United States and Russia have been chilly since Russia invaded Georgia in August, but there's some warming at a small museum in Clinton, Mass.

The Museum of Russian Icons said Thursday that the State Tretyakov Gallery of Moscow has agreed to send 16 of its most precious icons there for display from Oct. 16 to May 1. It's the first time some of the icons have left Moscow.

The crisis in Georgia, which was condemned by the United States, almost scuttled the exhibit, but officials at the museums were able to reach an agreement.

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