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State Hermitage Museum to Stop Charging Foreigners Higher Ticket Prices

ST. PETERSBURG. Dec 25 (Interfax) - The State Hermitage Museum will stop charging foreigners higher ticket prices after the Russian Travel Industry Union succeeded in persuading Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky to introduce a flat rate for all visitors.

"We have agreed with the Hermitage that it would introduce a single price for Russian and foreign tourists," Vice President of the Union Sergei Korneyev said at a Thursday press conference at the Interfax office in St. Petersburg.

He said foreigners cannot understand why they are subject to such discrimination in St. Petersburg. "This is not done anywhere (else)," he said.

He spoke of the constructive dialogue he had with the Hermitage.

"For the first time we reached serious understanding with the museum," Korneyev said stressing that this year the museum posted an increase of 200,000 visitors

The Hermitage is one of the world's largest and oldest museums. Founded in 1764, it houses approximately 3 million items.

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