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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to the explanations of... News PhotoArts Culture and Entertainment,Ceremony,Creativity,Dedication,Explaining,Gala,Horizontal,Listening,Majestic,New,Opening Ceremony,President of Russia,Russia,St. Petersburg - Russia,Stage - Performance Space,Theatrical Performance,Visit,Vladimir PutinPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPRussian President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to the explanations of artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev (2nd L) as he visits the new stage of the Mariinsky II theatre before the Grand gala dedicated to its opening ceremony in St. Petersburg on May 2, 2013. Russia's famous Mariinsky theatre in Saint Petersburg inaugurated a new ballet and opera house on May 2 in an event coinciding with the 60th birthday of its hugely ambitious and well-connected director Valery Gergiev. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / ALEXEY NIKOLSKY (Photo credit should read ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)