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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    The Old Hermitage Yard, one of the many places cats are found at the Hermitage.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Some of the Hermitage's dozens of cats hang out in Shuvalov's Way.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Two of the Hermitage's many cats greet each other.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Maria Khaltunin is the Hermitage director's assistant and the head of the museum's cat program.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    The cats here show their appreciation for the love and shelter Khaltunin and the museum provide.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Irina Popovets is one of the women hired to care for the Hermitage's many cats.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Irina Popovets acts as disciplinarian when a male cat attacks a female.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Part of the basement has been designated cat headquarters where Popovets can nurse abandoned cats back to full health. These two, Lupa (L) and Nura (R), are brother and sister. At seven months-old, they were abandoned at the Hermitage.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Cats are all over the cattery, waiting for Irina Popovets to allow them to roam the Hermitage's grounds.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Tisha has lived at the Hermitage for eight years.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Cats are scattered throughout the Hermitage's labyrinthian basement.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    One of the Hermitage's many cats peeks out from the museum's duct work.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    The Hermitage's roaming cats can stop at a number of food stations scattered throughout the sprawling basement.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Cat size doors all over the grounds of the Hermitage give the felines access to much of the historic grounds.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    Cat caretaker Irina Popovets is greeted warmly by one of her Hermitage charges.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    A contented resident of the Hermitage has found a cushy corner to curl up in.
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  • St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats

    St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum Home to Masters...and Cats
    The ledger where Khaltunin keeps track of the donations to the cat program.
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