Witnesses of the incident claim that the unknown person just walked over and took the picture out of the frame.
From the engineering corps of the Tretyakov Gallery stole a painting by Arkhip Kuindzhi “Ai-Petri. Crimea, ” reported the Telegram-channel“ Museum Snob ”.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]They came to look at the Kuindzhi mountains and a man stole it right in front of us. After 10 minutes, a granny ranger with a nut in a padded jacket (a usual patrolman) ran to the crime scene. The thief threw the frame and drapanul, we are in shock.[/perfectpullquote]
The publication says that the guy was “just dressed, his shirt and pants were like a museum employee”. With a calm face, he “briskly walked” approached the picture and took it off the wall, then went behind the column, took the picture out of the frame and left. Visitors to the museum decided that the worker changes the picture. In addition, the supervisor of the hall did not react until the moment when the thief did not disappear – after that she called the guard.
“Lenta.ru,” citing sources, also said that the unknown approached the picture, took it off the wall, took it out of the frame and disappeared. In the State Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow edition said that the information is verified. The investigation team began to look at the video surveillance camera recordings and identify the thief.
Director of the Department of Museums of the Ministry of Culture Vladislav Kononov confirmed to RBC that the picture is not in place. According to him, in the Tretyakov Gallery a large number of police officers. Press secretary of the gallery Anna Kotlyar could not confirm or deny the theft message, because it does not have the information, notes , “This is Moscow.”
According to the agency “Moscow”, the picture is insured for 12 million rubles. Exit from the gallery is blocked, all visitors are inspected. As noted by TASS, the picture belongs to the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, it was brought to Moscow for the period of the exhibition of works by the landscape painter.