“We need to refresh the memory”: arrested for stealing paintings Kuinji did not remember what he was doing on the day of the incident

He called himself a law-abiding citizen and said that he had not stolen anything.

Suspected of stealing paintings Frame from video MIA

The Ministry of Internal Affairs published a video of the detention and the first interrogation of a man who is suspected of stealing a picture of Arkhip Kuindzhi “Ai-Petri. Crimea “from the Tretyakov Gallery.

The man stated that he considered himself a “law-abiding citizen” and did not steal anything. From the interrogation it follows that the detention took place on January 27th.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Operative: Where were you this afternoon? Detainee: I do not remember well, I need to refresh my memory. About: And no crime committed? Z: Well, he said [no]. [/perfectpullquote]
fragment of interrogation

The operatives also asked the detainee whether he had previously been prosecuted. The man said that he does not violate the Constitution and Russian laws. However, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in December 2018 a case was filed against him for drug possession.

Found picture Kuindzhi Frame from video Ministry of Internal Affairs

On January 27, a man in front of eyewitnesses approached the film “Ai-Petri. Crimea ”in the Tretyakov Gallery, took it off the wall, took it out of the frame and disappeared. This is confirmed by video from surveillance cameras. The guards were called only after the man disappeared. The case was brought against him for “theft of items of special value” according to 164 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

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