This is the headline of an article by Geoffrey Robertson in the Daily Beast on December 6 about the loan of part of the Elgin Marbles by the British Museum to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
“The British Museum, in total secrecy but in collaboration with The Times of London, has moved the River God Illisos from his plinth in the Duveen Gallery to St. Petersburg for a celebration of the Russian art collection at the Hermitage. This raises two issues: firstly, why give a propaganda windfall to President Putin at a time when his breaches of international law can only be deterred by sanctions that are beginning to bite? Secondly, if a part of the marbles can now been seen for the next two months by visiting St. Petersburg, why should all surviving pieces of the greatest art in world history not be seen, reunited, at the Acropolis Museum under a blue attic sky and in the shadow of the Parthenon?”
The rest of the article deals with these questions.