THE GLITTERATI and intelligentsia are out in force. Outside it is minus six degrees but on a Monday evening in early December they have packed into the White Hall at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of an exhibition of Russian and Western European art of the 19th and 20th centuries from the collection of Jewish businessman Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor.

Art and money stride hand in hand between the museum’s Romanesque marble columns. At a cocktail reception held in the Italian Courtyard, a hall resplendent with reproductions of statues by Renaissance masters - Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio.

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