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06-05-2016, 13:48
Palmyra hosts Russian concert after recapture by Syrian forces

The Kremlin’s favourite conductor, Valery Gergiev, has performed a triumphal concert in the theatre of Palmyra in Syria, following the complex’s recapture in March by Russia-backed Syrian forces.

Gergiev took to the stage on Thursday, at 5pm Moscow time, with musicians from St Petersburg’s Mariinsky orchestra. The concert was titled With a Prayer from Palmyra: Music Revives the Ancient Walls.

The concert took place in the same Roman theatre used by Islamic State in November to execute captured Syrian soldiers. Teenage Isis recruits shot the soldiers from close range in the back of the head. Their bodies were later found in a mass grave.

During a 10-month occupation, Isis fighters destroyed and blew up several of Palmyra’s most famous sites, including the Temple of Bel and the Arch of Triumph. Other important archaeological ruins, such as the theatre and the Agora, survived.

Experts said the destruction at the Unesco-listed site was not as bad as they had originally feared. Russian combat engineers cleared much of the sprawling desert site, defusing mines and using state-of-the-art robotic devices.