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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Museum Offers Up a Holographic President

Anyone able to come up with 600 rubles (around $24) can buy themselves three minutes with President Vladimir Putin, although he will be speechless and not particularly interactive.

A St. Petersburg museum dedicated to last year's Group of Eight summit in the city lets visitors watch from behind a glass wall as a computer-generated hologram of Putin enters a room, takes a book on the history the Baltic Fleet from a cabinet, ruffles through its pages, looks out the window, and then walks out, Vedomosti reported.

As the virtual Putin leaves the hologram of his pet Labrador Connie, which sits on the carpet through the whole show, disappears into thin air. A holographic projection of a framed painting of a birch forest then appears as if it were suspended in the middle off the room.

Entrance to the museum is 100 rubles, with an extra charge of 500 rubles for hanging out with the president.

The museum, located in the 19th-century villa of a former private doctor to the Russian royal family, is owned by Oleg Rudnov, a businessman reportedly close to Putin, Vedomosti said.

A banner on the outside of the building advertising the museum was recently removed.

"The president probably didn't like it," a source close to the Kremlin was quoted as saying.

The presidential administration denied having any connection to Rudnov's museum, although a spokesman confirmed that Putin was aware about the show with his virtual alter ego.