Naum Kleiman Confirmed as President of Moscow's Cinema Museum


The new home for the famous collection of film industry artifacts could be in Soviet-era factory called "Hammer and Sickle."

MOSCOW -- The head of Moscow's famous Cinema Musuem -- who earlier this year was under threat of being forcibly dismissed by the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky -- has been named president of the museum.

Naum Kleiman, who in the 1990s was responsible for resurrecting the Soviet-era museum that houses a collection of over 400,000 unique items and an archive of classic films, will retain a senior role following his formal retirement in July next year.

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Kleiman, 75, will maintain a key role at the museum -- likely to be recreated as a more commercial venture with regular screenings -- while a professional manager is appointed to run it on a day to day basis.

The decision to keep Kleiman on staff was taken by a film industry management committee headed Konstantin Ernst, head of  Russia's top TV network, pubcaster Channel One, in consultation with the Russian Ministry of Culture.

A factory complex in Moscow that retains its Soviet-era name of "Hammer and Sickle" -- where there are plans to construct a media and shopping center -- has been identified as a possible venue for new premises for the museum, although no decision has yet been taken

The museum has been in limbo since it was ejected several years ago from premises owned by the Filmmakers Union. It collection was rehoused at Moscow's Mosfilm Studios, but with limited success.

Hollywood figures such as Quentin Tarantino have lobbied for its re-instatement.