Ukrainian police finds stolen painting by Russian classic artist25.12.2007, 22.18
LVOV, December 25 (Itar-Tass) – Ukrainian police have found a painting by the classical Russian realistic painter Ilya Repin that was stolen in April from a museum of arts in the West-Ukrainian city of Ternopol. Vitaly Maksimov, the chief of Interior department of the Ternopol region told reporters the canvas had been confiscated from a 40-year-old resident of the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
Ukrainian mass media reported right after the incident in early April, two young looters made use of the situation in the museum, which had to give up the services of guards and to restrict the operation of the alarm system to night hours because of debts.
The malefactors timed a moment when an elderly female custodian fainted while at her post and visitors present in the halls of the museum rushed to help her.
The criminals took the painting sized 20 cm by 45 cm from the wall and simply carried it away.
It took museum managers a whole hour to notice that the ‘Ukrainian Landscape’, the cost of which is estimated at around 2 million U.S. dollars, was missing.
Ilya Repin, one of the most celebrated Russian artists who produced dozens of paintings in genres ranging from simple rural scenes to official portraits of royal dignitaries, was born in the northeast Ukrainian Kharkov region.
He got his first skills of painting from Ukrainian artists.