Russia Today announces that ” A painting by the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, has been sold for over one million dollars (over 37 million rubles) at a yearly charity auction in St. Petersburg.” The money raised will help children suffering from cancer.
The second biggest sale (11.5 million rubles) was the “Metel” (Snowstorm) painting by St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko. Over one million rubles were paid for paintings by Father Frost (Russian analog of Santa), VTB President Andrei Kostin, opera singer Anna Netrebko and St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Chairman Vadim Tyulpanov.
The funds will be donated to a St. Petersburg children’s clinic, a cancer prevention and treatment center and the St. Catherine Church in Pushkin. The church is being rebuilt with donations prior to the 300th anniversary of Tsarskoye Selo to be marked in 2010.