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Elgin Marbles: British Museum loan 'an affront to the Greek people'

The Greek prime minister has said the British Museum's decision to loan one of the Elgin Marbles to Russia is "an affront" to the Greek people.

Antonis Samaras added: "We Greeks are one with our history and civilisation, which cannot be broken up, loaned out, or conceded."

A depiction of the river god Ilissos will go on show in St Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum and will remain there until January.

Sarah Rainsford reports from the museum.

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