Duma Supports Return of Windows

The State Duma voted on Wednesday to return six 14th-century stained-glass panels, which were seized after World War II, to a church in Germany.

Duma deputies voted 345-57 in favor of a bill that would see the return of the panels to the Marienkirche in the city of Frankfurt an der Oder in north Germany at the Polish border.

In 2002, Russia returned 111 stained-glass panels from the same church. Authorities later discovered that Moscow's Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts held six more panels from the 20-meter-high altar.

The bill must be approved by the Federation Council before it goes to the president for his signature.