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Russia's Special Forces Immersed in Art and Life

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Last week, a Telegram bot poked fun at the heavy police presence seen at this summer's Moscow opposition protests, treating us to images of Russia's riot police getting involved in everything from "Game of Thrones" to a walk on the moon.

This time, after another mass protest that was followed by at least 200 people detained, the notorious crew is back in black and camo to explore another important aspect of Russian life: art and culture.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Behind the scenes of one of the most famous album covers of all time. 

The world's masterpieces must be protected at all costs. 

A girl is taken off her ball

So, that's why they headed to the moon... 

Tropinin's "Lace Maker" will not be distracted from her work. 

Valentin Serov's "Girl with Peaches" stays calm amid the chaos. 

This. Is. Pushkinskaya!!! 

Even Edgar Degas' "Blue Dancers" aren't spared from detention. 

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