Putin Hometown Orchestra Plays Where ISIS Carried Out Killings

  • Gergiev conducts concert in amphitheater of Syria's Palmyra
  • Islamic State carried out massacre of troops on arena's stage

A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the theater at the ancient city of Palmyra.

Photographer: Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images

The Mariinsky Orchestra, based in Vladimir Putin’s hometown, staged a concert on Thursday in the Roman amphitheater in Syria’s Palmyra, weeks after Russian air power helped free the city from Islamic State rule that had turned the ancient stage into a venue for executions.

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