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Classical Ruins: Putin's Cellist Friend Performs Concert in Syria's Palmyra

An associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin implicated in the "Panama Papers" performed a classical piece on the ruins of the historic city on Thursday

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    Classical Ruins: Putin's Cellist Friend Performs Concert in Syria's Palmyra
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    This Thursday, May 5, 2016 photo provided by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, shows the concert at the UNESCO world heritage site of Palmyra, the central city of Homs, where renowned conductor Valery Gergiev leads a performance by the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra from St. Petersburg, Syria.

    Russia and the Syrian government marked the liberation of the Syrian city of Palmyra from ISIS with a musical concert, NBC News reported.

    An associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin implicated in the "Panama Papers" performed a classical piece on the ruins of the historic city on Thursday.

    "The event is ... a sign of memory, hope and a sense of gratitude," Putin said, speaking from his office.

    Palmyra was captured by ISIS in 2015.

    The jihadists committed one of their most outrageous crimes on the record when they attacked Palmyra's historical heritage, destroying antique temples and statues depicting "false gods."