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Moscow/St. Petersburg natural history museum

Dear all,

For some time now, I've been trying to get more information about the history of natural history museums in Russia in the 20th/21st century. Sofar I've largely come up empty.

Considering the language gap, two world wars and periods of chaos in Soviet science, that is not surprising, maybe, but I'm really looking for something which may shed light on the fate of natural history (and most of all paleontological) collections in the past century. For instance, much material was moved from St. Petersburg/Petrograd/Leningrad after the 1917 revolution, but I can't find anything more detailed than that. Also, the difficult history of the Moscow zoological/paleontological museums (often closed, stored away in WW2, etc.) doesn't help in clarifying the picture.

The language is not the main problem (I can read some Russian, or have it translated if I can't), but I won't be able to visit the country in the forseeable future. In short, all help is greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,