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Mariinsky Theater in Russia Divides Opinion

The new Mariinsky theater scene, a controversial new ballet and opera house in St. Petersburg and one of the biggest cultural projects in post-Soviet Russian history still divides people's opinion in over two months after its opening. The building, situated behind the historic Mariinsky Theater had come under criticism from some prominent cultural figures like Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky and filmmaker Alexander Sokurov.