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Several thousand people carry patriotic flags as they demonstrate against the proposed production of Wagner's Tannhauser, in downtown Novosibirsk, about 2800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow, Sunday, March 29 2015. Controversy over the staging of Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser” in the Siberian city has come to a head, with Russia’s cultural minister firing the director of the state theater in Novosibirsk. The announcement was made Sunday as several thousand people rallied outside the theater to protest the production, which they said was offensive to Orthodox Christians. (AP Photo/Ilnar Salakhiev)

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