Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev toured part of the permanent exhibition on display at the Mikhailovsky Palace.
The leaders visited the halls exhibiting art of the early 19th century by Karl Bryullov, Ivan Aivazovsky and Fyodor Bruni, among other works. Director of the Russian Museum Vladimir Gusev conducted the tour.
Founded in 1898, the Russian Museum is the world’s largest museum of Russian art. Its collection of more than 400,000 masterpieces spans more than 1,000 years, from the 10th to the 21st century. The museum’s architectural complex in historical St Petersburg consists of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Summer Garden with Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, Peter the Great’s House and the Mikhailovsky Palace.