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    From right: President Vladimir Putin, Art Director and Chief Conductor of the Novaya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra Yury Bashmet and Mariinsky Theater Artistic Director Valery Gergiev after the 2017 awards ceremony for young culture professionals for writing and art for children and young people

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    Russian President Vladimir recently met with cultural luminaries in the Kremlin and, most notably, handed out awards for outstanding artistic and literary achievements.

    During the event, Putin exchanged a couple of remarks with renowned musician and conductor Yuri Bashmet and at one point, with tongue in cheek, briefly borrowed Bashmet's glass of champagne, took a sip and handed it back to him. Shortly thereafter, the Russian president's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, no less ironically congratulated the conductor with "the glass acquisition."

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