Amid sanctions, British Museum lends Russia controversial Elgin Marble

December 5, 2014 7:35 PM

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Amid sanctions, British Museum lends Russia controversial Elgin Marble

(CNN) -- As the United Kingdom continues to enforce sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, the British Museum has announced it is lending one of the controversial Elgin Marbles to a St. Petersburg museum, describing it as "a marble ambassador of a European ideal."

It is the first time the British Museum has loaned one of the Elgin Marbles to a foreign museum.

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