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The governor of Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg, has approved construction of the new headquarters of Russia’s powerful state energy company, Gazprom. City officials say the 77-story building will be an architectural masterpiece. An architectural preservation society say it will be “monstrous.” U.N. cultural authorities say the skyscraper could threaten the city’s U.N. World Heritage Site status.

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