Two female employees of the Mariupol Museum reported about suspicion in the removal of 52 paintings of the Museum Fund in the occupied Crimea

The approximate estimated cost of the paintings amounted to 1 million 324 thousand dollars

The Prosecutor’s office of Crimea (after Russia’s annexation of the Peninsula is temporarily located in Kyiv – ed.) reported a suspicion under article 191 of the Criminal code, two female employees of the Mariupol Museum of local lore. They are charged that in 2014 has allowed the export to the occupied territory of Crimea 52 paintings of the Simferopol art Museum. This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor’s office.

“So, these persons are transferred to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Crewe “Simferopol art Museum” 52 paintings in this connection, the state suffered property damage totaling more than 1 million 320 thousand dollars. The Prosecutor’s office of Autonomous Republic of Crimea together with the state of emergency in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol 07.09.2017 reported suspicion of official persons of the management team KU “Mariupol local history Museum” in the Commission of a criminal offense under part 5 of article 191 UK of Ukraine (assignment, waste of property or taking to them by abuse of official position)”, – stated in the message.

The third person involved in criminal proceedings is on the territory of Crimea and will receive the suspicion of complicity in the crime.

Note that penal code, article 191 (embezzlement of property) provides for a penalty of deprivation of liberty for a term from 7 to 12 years.

Recall that we are talking about belonging to the Museum Fund of Ukraine the works of artists of the XVIII-XIX century.

On the eve of the occupation of the Peninsula paintings were exported for display in Mariupol art Museum named A. Kuindzhi at the exhibition “Russian and Ukrainian art of the end XVIII – beginning of XX centuries”. She had to work until the end of may, but the paintings were prematurely returned to the Peninsula and now in the hands of the occupation authorities.

As reported, pictures from the Museum Fund of Ukraine artists of XVIII-XIX century, which in March 2014 was transferred to the Simferopol art Museum, as at 18 August 2017 were not in the international wanted list of Interpol.

Although earlier (17 August) it was reported that the Interpol will help Ukraine in search of 52 paintings of the Museum Fund, illegally exported to the Crimea, since the statement was sent to Interpol.