security officers searched the Tretyakov traces of smuggling
The Museum staff are suspected of issuing false assessment that allowed them to repatriate a valuable painting
Law enforcement officers on the evening of may 5, descended to the main building of the Tretyakov gallery with a search warrant. For the workers of the Museum visit "guests" from law enforcement agencies was a complete surprise. According to preliminary data, the investigative activities associated with the excited earlier the case of smuggling of valuable paintings, in which was involved the capital official.
The first thing the investigators searched workplace curator in the Department of painting of the first half of the twentieth century Tretyakov Tatiana Ermakova. Apparently, the consequence suspects the woman in the issuance of false opinions, which are valuable works of art were exported abroad.
The search lasted about an hour. For this the investigators, as I understand it, the relevant documents were that they showed, explained to the correspondent "MK" Tatiana Ermakova. They inspected my desktop, and now everything is over.
To the question "What the investigators were trying to find?", Tatiana could not answer.
According to her, the security forces are not specifically explained her reason for the visit. But it seems during the search found nothing.
For me there is no crime there, " she said, "MK". - So I really hope that everything will soon settle down.
In General, as explained in the Museum, they now have minimal information on this case. For the details it is better to directly contact the superstructure.
According to investigators, Tatiana Ermakova is a defendant in a criminal case of smuggling of paintings by artists of XIX-XX centuries. It was initiated under article "Contraband of cultural valuables" after the arrest in the act of one of the collectors of Antiques, smuggling of art objects. The man is suspected of export from Russia of a number of paintings by famous Russian artists, including Serov, Konchalovsky and Nevinsky, totaling more than 15 million rubles.
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According to investigators, works of art could be exported abroad with false expert conclusions, which were signed by employees of the State Tretyakov gallery. Typically, these findings indicated grossly underestimated the cost of painting and it was noted that they do not have artistic value.
As explained by the "MK" in the press service of the Department of internal Affairs across Moscow, at the present time it is busy with the investigation Committee.