Cabinet consists of more than 200 items from the collection of Kathy Durdin, a business consultant and collector who specializes in Russian art. Cabinet was first exhibited in 2007 at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Va. (Durdins alma mater), and Raleigh is the seventh stop it has made since then. When the collection is not on display in museums, Durdin keeps very little of it in her home in Tampa, Fla. Florida gets a lot of hurricanes, so anything thats any good is not at my house, said Durdin, who is also a noted watercolor artist. I was looted after one of the hurricanes in 2004, but all they got was two old computers and a DVD player. They didnt even take my TVs because they werent good enough. All the good porcelain was in locker-sized safe-deposit boxes at the bank. Focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries, The Tsars Cabinet mirrors several hundred years of changes in Russia, a truly enormous country. To that end, it has a few things that communicate a sense of Russias scale. A map on the floor shows its size compared to North Carolina, which is a tiny fraction of Russias vast tracts. Near that map is a case with 16 porcelain figures representing people from some of the different Russian ethnicities that came together as the Russian empire consolidated Cossack, Tartar, Kamchatka, Samoyhed and others. When we were first pulling this together at William & Mary in 2007, we were searching for a theme, Durdin said.
Russia refuses to bail two Britons held for Greenpeace protest
The younger Snowden, 30, is wanted in the United States on espionage charges and Russia’s decision to grant him temporary asylum aggravated already tense relations between Moscow and Washington. Russian authorities and the Russian lawyer who is assisting Snowden, Anatoly Kucherena, have not disclosed his location. Fugitive Snowden’s father arrives in MoscowPlay video.” “I am his father, I love my son and I certainly hope I will have an opportunity to see my son,” Lon Snowden said. He told reporters he was “not sure my son will be returning to the U.S. again”. Snowden’s revelations about the reach and methods of the U.S. National Security Agency, including the monitoring of vast volumes of Internet traffic and phone records, have upset U.S. allies from Germany to Brazil. They sparked an international furore, with admirers calling him a human rights champion and critics denouncing him as a traitor. JOB SEARCH Lon Snowden said he did not know his son’s intentions, but believed he had not been involved in the publication of any information since he arrived in Russia and was “simply trying to remain healthy and safe”. Directly from the airport, he and the lawyer drove to a state television studio to give an exclusive live interview, indicating the visit was under strong government control. UK intelligence leaker Edward Snowden givevs an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclo Kucherena expressed hope the former intelligence contractor would soon find a job in Russia – possibly in IT or the human rights sector – because he had largely run out of savings and was living modestly, mainly off donations. He said the American was living under security and avoiding publicity because of the U.S.
Father to meet fugitive Snowden in Russia
The head of the Kremlin’s advisory body on human rights has said he would ask prosecutors to withdraw the piracy charges. Kumi Naidoo, head of Greenpeace International, has written to President Vladimir Putin asking to meet him and offering to stand as security in Russia for the release of the activists on bail. Putin’s spokesman said the letter, published in Western media on Wednesday, had not yet arrived at the Kremlin, and said it unlikely to affect the legal process. “(Putin) probably cannot get involved in a discussion about the investigative activity that is taking place,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters. MINISTER RESIGNS Investigators have said more charges will be pressed against some protesters after drugs and other suspect items were found on the boat, the Arctic Sunrise. Greenpeace denies there were illegal items aboard. Greenpeace, whose activists tried to scale the Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya rig, says the protest was peaceful and calls the piracy charges absurd and unfounded. Those arrested include American, Argentinian, Australian, Brazilian, Canadian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, New Zealand, Swedish, Swiss, Polish, Turkish and Ukrainian citizens. In neighbouring Finland, a government minister who had appeared sympathetic to Greenpeace in a separate Arctic protest, resigned. Heidi Hautala, minister for international development who is also in charge of overseeing state ownership of companies, was criticised by colleagues and the media for trying to dissuade state-owned shipping firm Arctia Shipping from filing a criminal complaint against the protest group. Protesters scaled an Arctia icebreaker, contracted by Shell, in Helsinki last year to demonstrate against Arctic drilling.