Country: Russia

Stolen by a Russian spy, Dutch painting now returned to German museum

(Germany; United States of America; Russia)

Gaby Reucher (2017). Stolen by a Russian spy, Dutch painting now returned to German museum. DW. 11 July.

'You Directly Copied the Series': Brad Troemel Accuses Fashion Designer of Ripping Off His Grid Work for Ready-to-Wear Collection

(United States of America; Russia)

Nate Freeman (2017). 'You Directly Copied the Series': Brad Troemel Accuses Fashion Designer of Ripping Off His Grid Work for Ready-to-Wear Collection. Art News. 10 July.

Nader Shah's sword stolen from Russian museum

(Iran; Russia)

Tehran Times (2017). Nader Shah's sword stolen from Russian museum. Tehran Times. 14 June.

Russia's Hermitage Museum recognized as victim in embezzlement case

(Russia)

RAPSI (2017). Russia's Hermitage Museum recognized as victim in embezzlement case. RAPSI. 12 May.

Stunning Ice Age rock art vandalised by modern graffiti

(Russia)

Olga Gertcyk (2017). Stunning Ice Age rock art vandalised by modern graffiti. The Siberian Times. 11 May.

'Mammoth Man' detained as he smuggled tusk pieces under his clothes

(Russia; China)

The Siberian Times (2017). 'Mammoth Man' detained as he smuggled tusk pieces under his clothes. The Siberian Times. 8 May.

Russian performance artist granted political asylum in France

(Russia; France)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2017). Russian performance artist granted political asylum in France. The Art Newspaper. 8 May.

How an art museum in Russia became the target of Kremlin police raids

(Russia)

Nick Holdsworth (2017). How an art museum in Russia became the target of Kremlin police raids. Christian Science Monitor. 3 May.

Booming trade in mammoth ivory fuels fears over elephants

(China; Russia)

Neil Connor (2017). Booming trade in mammoth ivory fuels fears over elephants. The Telegraph. 2 May.

Wreck of Nazi ship believed to have been carrying priceless stolen artwork when it was sunk in 1943 by a submarine attack is discovered close to Crimea

(Russia; Ukraine; Germany)

Fionn Hargreaves (2017). Wreck of Nazi ship believed to have been carrying priceless stolen artwork when it was sunk in 1943 by a submarine attack is discovered close to Crimea. The Daily Mail. 28 April.

Auction of Soviet art triggers probe; art market on guard

(Russia)

Associated Press (2017). Auction of Soviet art triggers probe; art market on guard. The Daily Mail. 27 April.

Mammoth tusk haul seized by Chinese customs

(China; Russia)

BBC News (2017). Mammoth tusk haul seized by Chinese customs. BBC News. 13 April.

Russia's regional collections get left out in the cold

(Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2017). Russia's regional collections get left out in the cold. The Art Newspaper. 6 April.

Hermitage boosts security after St Petersburg metro bombing

(Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2017). Hermitage boosts security after St Petersburg metro bombing. The Art Newspaper. 5 April.

Deputy director at Hermitage put under house arrest

(Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2017). Deputy director at Hermitage put under house arrest. The Art Newspaper. 30 March.

Russia's oriental museum takes custody of Roerich paintings seized in fraud probe

(Russia)

TASS (2017). Russia's oriental museum takes custody of Roerich paintings seized in fraud probe. TASS. 16 March.

Cleaning house: Russian oligarch loses $150million selling four paintings from his famous art collection after bulldozing the $95million Palm Beach estate he bought from Donald Trump

(Russia)

Jennifer Smith (2017). Cleaning house: Russian oligarch loses $150million selling four paintings from his famous art collection after bulldozing the $95million Palm Beach estate he bought from Donald Trump. The Daily Mail. 9 March.

Medieval, modern looters destroy most mummies in Russia's Yamal — scientist

(Russia)

TASS (2017). Medieval, modern looters destroy most mummies in Russia's Yamal — scientist. TASS. 10 February.

Hermitage storage centre searched by FSB agents

(Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2017). Hermitage storage centre searched by FSB agents. The Art Newspaper. 4 February.

Belarus plans to return Shishkin's painting to Russia

(Belarus; Russia)

Belarus News (2017). Belarus plans to return Shishkin's painting to Russia. Belarus News. 30 January.

Warning of vandalism to mammoth graveyards in Arctic from unscrupulous bone hunters

(Russia)

Olga Gertcyk (2017). Warning of vandalism to mammoth graveyards in Arctic from unscrupulous bone hunters. The Siberian Times. 25 January.

German collector appeals Briullov painting seizure in Russian Constitutional Court

(Russia)

RAPSI (2017). German collector appeals Briullov painting seizure in Russian Constitutional Court. RAPSI. 18 January.

Russian Dissident Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Seeks Political Asylum in France

(Russia; France)

Alyssa Buffenstein (2017). Russian Dissident Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Seeks Political Asylum in France. ArtNet News. 16 January.

Three suspects in theft of Levitan paintings from museum arrested

(Russia)

RAPSI (2016). Three suspects in theft of Levitan paintings from museum arrested. RAPSI. 28 December.

Miami Heat doctor sues store over fake Russian collectibles

(United States of America; Russia)

Rebecca Rosenberg (2016). Miami Heat doctor sues store over fake Russian collectibles. New York Post. 28 December.

Roman Antiquity Missing Since World War II Found in Russia Roman Antiquity Missing Since World War II Found in Russia

(Russia; Germany)

Hili Perlson (2016). Roman Antiquity Missing Since World War II Found in Russia Roman Antiquity Missing Since World War II Found in Russia. ArtNet News. 28 December.

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery

(Turkey; Russia)

Shaun Walker (2016). Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery. The Guardian. 20 December.

Did Russia meddle in recent US art theft legislation?

(United States of America; Russia)

Rich Tenorio (2016). Did Russia meddle in recent US art theft legislation?. The Times of Israel. 16 December.

Crimean gold must go back to Ukraine, says Dutch court

(Netherlands; Russia; Ukraine)

BBC News (2016). Crimean gold must go back to Ukraine, says Dutch court. BBC News. 14 December.

Crimea's Scythian Treasures Become Political Football

(Netherlands; Russia; Ukraine)

Phil Butler (2016). Crimea's Scythian Treasures Become Political Football. Argophilia. 14 December.

These Sifrei Torah made it through hard times in Poland, Iraq, Portugal, Russia and elsewhere, before being reborn in new communities.

(Israel; Iraq; Poland; Portugal; Czech Republic; Russia)

The Jerusalem Post (2016). These Sifrei Torah made it through hard times in Poland, Iraq, Portugal, Russia and elsewhere, before being reborn in new communities.. The Jerusalem Post. 24 October.

Treasures of the Black Sea turn into political hostages

(Ukraine; Netherlands; Russia)

Stas Sokolov (2016). Treasures of the Black Sea turn into political hostages. DW. 6 October.

The future of 'Scythian gold' to be finally decided on Dec. 14

(Ukraine; Netherlands; Russia)

Ukraine Today (2016). The future of 'Scythian gold' to be finally decided on Dec. 14. Ukraine Today. 6 October.

Lost and found: 5 pieces of Dutch Golden Age art have been recovered after a 10 year hunt

(Ukraine; Netherlands; Russia)

Susannah Polk (2016). Lost and found: 5 pieces of Dutch Golden Age art have been recovered after a 10 year hunt. CNN. 5 October.

Russian collector repatriates 17th-century icon to Yaroslavl church

(Russia; Italy)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). Russian collector repatriates 17th-century icon to Yaroslavl church. The Art Newspaper. 30 September.

Peeved Protester Throws Pee at Censored Photo Show in Moscow

(Russia)

Carey Dunne (2016). Peeved Protester Throws Pee at Censored Photo Show in Moscow. Hyperallergic. 28 September.

How the journey of a Rembrandt masterpiece ended here in the North Country

(United States of America; Russia)

Brian Mann (2016). How the journey of a Rembrandt masterpiece ended here in the North Country. North County Public Radio. 21 September.

Art. Passion. Politics.

(United States of America; Russia)

Edward Goldman (2016). Art. Passion. Politics.. Huffington Post. 13 September.

The Mammoth Pirates

(Russia)

Amos Chapple (2016). The Mammoth Pirates. Radio Free Europe. 25 August.

Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery under fire over Crimean loans in blockbuster show

(Russia; Ukraine)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery under fire over Crimean loans in blockbuster show. The Art Newspaper. 19 August.

Another attempt to find Amber Room fails in Poland

(Russia; Poland)

TASS (2016). Another attempt to find Amber Room fails in Poland. TASS. 12 July.

Russian Protest Artist Stripped Of Havel Prize Over Support For 'Partisans'

(Russia)

Tom Balmforth (2016). Russian Protest Artist Stripped Of Havel Prize Over Support For 'Partisans'. Radio Free Europe. 8 July.

Amber Room not found in Poland so far — explorers

(Poland; Russia)

TASS (2016). Amber Room not found in Poland so far — explorers. TASS. 15 June.

Russian political artist Pyotr Pavlensky released from custody with $15,000 fine

(Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). Russian political artist Pyotr Pavlensky released from custody with $15,000 fine. The Art Newspaper. 8 June.

Moscow Roadworks Damaging Archaeological Remains, Activists Say

(Russia)

The Moscow Times (2016). Moscow Roadworks Damaging Archaeological Remains, Activists Say. The Moscow Times. 6 June.

Russian art historian cleared of fraud over forgery sale

(Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). Russian art historian cleared of fraud over forgery sale. The Art Newspaper. 27 May.

KGB prison doors given questionable cultural heritage status

(Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). KGB prison doors given questionable cultural heritage status. The Art Newspaper. 19 May.

Dissident Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Found Guilty by Moscow Court

(Russia)

Henri Neuendorf (2016). Dissident Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Found Guilty by Moscow Court. ArtNet News. 19 May.

Berlin's lost Renaissance sculptures rediscovered in the Pushkin Museum

(Russia; Germany)

Catherine Hickley (2016). Berlin's lost Renaissance sculptures rediscovered in the Pushkin Museum. The Art Newspaper. 19 May.

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

(Syria; Russia)

Associated Press (2016). Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra. The Daily Mail. 17 May.

Estonia hands over stolen Viking-era sword to Ukraine (photos)

(Ukraine; Estonia; Russia; Belarus)

Ukraine Today (2016). Estonia hands over stolen Viking-era sword to Ukraine (photos). Ukraine Today. 14 May.

Russia and Syria Use Palmyra as a Stage for Political Theater

(Syria; Russia)

Jennifer MacKenzie (2016). Russia and Syria Use Palmyra as a Stage for Political Theater. Hyperallergic. 13 May.

Italian police recover jewels stolen in €3m heist organised by Russian woman

(Italy; Russia)

AFP (2016). Italian police recover jewels stolen in €3m heist organised by Russian woman. The Guardian. 14 April.

Turkey 'probing Russia claims on antiques'

(Turkey; Syria; Russia)

Press TV (2016). Turkey 'probing Russia claims on antiques'. Press TV. 8 April.

Billionaire Collector Dmitry Rybolovlev Denies 'Panama Papers' Allegations

(Russia)

Eileen Kinsella (2016). Billionaire Collector Dmitry Rybolovlev Denies 'Panama Papers' Allegations. ArtNet News. 6 April.

Islamic State nets up to $200 million a year from antiquities: Russia

(Syria; Russia)

Louis Charbonneau (2016). Islamic State nets up to $200 million a year from antiquities: Russia. Reuters. 6 April.

Panama Papers: Dmitry Rybolovlev used offshore company to hide art from wife, leaked documents reveal

(Russia)

Cristina Ruiz (2016). Panama Papers: Dmitry Rybolovlev used offshore company to hide art from wife, leaked documents reveal. The Art Newspaper. 4 April.

Yale Can Keep Van Gogh Masterpiece as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal

(United States of America; Russia)

Greg Stohr (2016). Yale Can Keep Van Gogh Masterpiece as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal. Bloomberg. 28 March.

Russian deputy culture minister detained on embezzlement charges

(Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). Russian deputy culture minister detained on embezzlement charges. The Art Newspaper. 15 March.

Landmark Fabergé loan show scuppered by rising political tensions

(United States of America; Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). Landmark Fabergé loan show scuppered by rising political tensions. The Art Newspaper. 10 March.

Secret flight path of the Parthenon statue

(United Kingdom; Russia; Greece)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). Secret flight path of the Parthenon statue. The Art Newspaper. 9 March.

Van Gogh Legal Battle - From Soviet Union to Supreme Court

(United States of America; Russia)

Ingrid Burke (2016). Van Gogh Legal Battle - From Soviet Union to Supreme Court. The Moscow Times. 7 March.

'This is living antiquity': the director of the Hermitage wants to rebuild Palmyra

(Syria; Russia)

Sophia Kishkovsky (2016). 'This is living antiquity': the director of the Hermitage wants to rebuild Palmyra. The Art Newspaper. 7 March.

Never Too Late: US Gives Back Historic Documents Stolen From Russia

(Russia; United States of America)

Sputnik News (2016). Never Too Late: US Gives Back Historic Documents Stolen From Russia. Sputnik News. 3 March.

US Returns Stolen Historic Documents to Russia

(Russia; United States of America)

Patrick Reevell (2016). US Returns Stolen Historic Documents to Russia. ABC United States. 3 March.

U.S. will return stolen historical documents to Russia

(Russia; United States of America)

Yelena Chernenko (2016). U.S. will return stolen historical documents to Russia. Russia Beyond the Headlines. 26 February.

Rare $3 million painting by French master Jean-Léon Gérôme returned after 70 years

(Russia)

The Siberian Times (2016). Rare $3 million painting by French master Jean-Léon Gérôme returned after 70 years. The Siberian Times. 25 February.

Hunt for Russia's missing Amber Room turns to Czech castle

(Czech Republic; Russia)

Derek Scally (2016). Hunt for Russia's missing Amber Room turns to Czech castle. The Irish Times. 16 February.

Historic mosque attacked in Crimea

(Ukraine; Russia)

World Bulletin (2016). Historic mosque attacked in Crimea. World Bulletin. 12 January.

Van Dyck painting found in Istanbul

(Turkey; Georgia; Russia)

Hurriyet Daily News (2016). Van Dyck painting found in Istanbul. Hurriyet Daily News. 8 January.

Widespread forgery of avant-garde artist exposed at Russian Art Week

(Russia)

Claudia Barbieri Childs (2016). Widespread forgery of avant-garde artist exposed at Russian Art Week. The Art Newspaper. 7 January.

ISIS claims responsibility for attack on tourists at ancient fortress in Russia's Dagestan

(Russia)

RT (2015). ISIS claims responsibility for attack on tourists at ancient fortress in Russia's Dagestan. RT. 31 December.

Shooting at ancient citadel in Russia's Caucasus, one dead

(Russia)

Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber (2015). Shooting at ancient citadel in Russia's Caucasus, one dead. Yahoo News. 30 December.

Russian foundation wrongfully called $800K painting fake: suit

(United States of America; Russia)

Kathianne Boniello (2015). Russian foundation wrongfully called $800K painting fake: suit. New York Post. 20 December.

Ill-Gotten Treasures of Ancient Crimea Are Flooding eBay

(Ukraine; Russia)

Damaris Colhoun (2015). Ill-Gotten Treasures of Ancient Crimea Are Flooding eBay. Atlas Obscura. 30 November.

Major seizure of woolly mammoth tusks and precious stones bound for China

(Russia; China)

The Siberian Times (2015). Major seizure of woolly mammoth tusks and precious stones bound for China. The Siberian Times. 25 November.

The Auction Gavel Finally Falls in the Wake of a 17-Year Battle Over Malevich Restitution

(United States of America; Germany; Russia)

Julie Baumgardner (2015). The Auction Gavel Finally Falls in the Wake of a 17-Year Battle Over Malevich Restitution. Artsy. 6 November.

Why can't Soviet stolen art be recovered, but Nazi theft can?

(Russia; United States of America)

Noah Feldman (2015). Why can't Soviet stolen art be recovered, but Nazi theft can?. Financial Review. 23 October.

Legal battle continues over man's claim to Yale's Van Gogh 'The Night Cafe' painting

(United States of America; Russia)

Ed Stannard (2015). Legal battle continues over man's claim to Yale's Van Gogh 'The Night Cafe' painting. New Haven Register. 16 October.

U.S. judge fines Russia $43.7 million in diplomatic feud over Jewish collection

(Russia; United States of America)

Spencer S. Hsu (2015). U.S. judge fines Russia $43.7 million in diplomatic feud over Jewish collection. The Washington Post. 13 September.

Hermitage Museum vulnerable to vandalism as police end protection

(Russia)

Ukraine Today (2015). Hermitage Museum vulnerable to vandalism as police end protection. Ukraine Today. 28 August.

Russian police find pieces of bas relief believed stolen by right-wing group

(Russia)

Irina Titova (2015). Russian police find pieces of bas relief believed stolen by right-wing group. CTV. 28 August.

Portrait of Putin as a Simpsons Character Stolen From Moscow Exhibit

(Russia)

The Moscow Times (2015). Portrait of Putin as a Simpsons Character Stolen From Moscow Exhibit. The Moscow Times. 27 August.

Plan to Withdraw Police From Russia's Museums Sparks Fears

(Russia)

Ivan Nechepurenko (2015). Plan to Withdraw Police From Russia's Museums Sparks Fears. The Moscow Times. 23 August.

Russian police find stolen paintings worth $114,000

(Russia)

News.Az (2015). Russian police find stolen paintings worth $114,000. News.Az. 19 August.

Artifacts from Crimean Museums Are Held Hostage by Politics

(Ukraine; Russia; Netherlands)

Nina Siegal (2015). Artifacts from Crimean Museums Are Held Hostage by Politics. The New York Times. 17 August.

A Museum Survives in Crimea

(Ukraine; Russia)

Masha Lipman (2015). A Museum Survives in Crimea. The New Yorker. 3 August.

Putin puts Crimean archaeological site under federal control

(Ukraine; Russia)

Associated Press (2015). Putin puts Crimean archaeological site under federal control. Daily Herald. 1 August.

Criminal case opened on 'damaging world's oldest wooden statue'

(Russia; Germany)

The Siberian Times (2015). Criminal case opened on 'damaging world's oldest wooden statue'. The Siberian Times. 29 July.

The National Museum: Gilded threads of gifting and looting

(India; Russia)

Nayanjot Lahiri (2015). The National Museum: Gilded threads of gifting and looting. Hindustan Times. 24 July.

Jewish Woman Works to Return 100 Torahs Ransacked by Nazis

(United States of America; Russia)

Sol Rieger (2015). Jewish Woman Works to Return 100 Torahs Ransacked by Nazis. JP Updates. 6 July.

Isis-looted treasures seized en route to Russia

(Syria; Finland; Russia)

YLE (2015). Isis-looted treasures seized en route to Russia. YLE. 5 June.

Jewish Heritage Group to Publish Photos of Nazi-Plundered Hungarian Torahs Stashed in Russia

(Hungary; Russia)

The Algemeiner (2015). Jewish Heritage Group to Publish Photos of Nazi-Plundered Hungarian Torahs Stashed in Russia. The Algemeiner. 4 June.

Sotheby's Cancels Auction of Stolen Aivazovsky Painting

(Russia; United Kingdom)

Asbarez (2015). Sotheby's Cancels Auction of Stolen Aivazovsky Painting. Asbarez. 2 June.

Sotheby's puts famous Russian painting on sale despite claims it was stolen

(Russia; United Kingdom)

RT (2015). Sotheby's puts famous Russian painting on sale despite claims it was stolen. RT. 31 May.

Russia asks Britain to block auction of 'stolen' painting

(Russia)

Reuters (2015). Russia asks Britain to block auction of 'stolen' painting. Reuters. 30 May.

Putin Returns Nazi-Looted Icon to Greek Prime Minister

(Russia; Greece)

The Moscow Times (2015). Putin Returns Nazi-Looted Icon to Greek Prime Minister. The Moscow Times. 9 April.

Russian court to hear case against Navalny's associate accused of painting theft

(Russia)

Diana Gutsul (2015). Russian court to hear case against Navalny's associate accused of painting theft. RAPSI. 18 March.

Fake Ancient Egyptian artefact used by Tsar Alexander III of Russia sold to buyer from Denmark at Folkestone auction

(United Kingdom; Russia; Denmark)

Matt Leclere (2015). Fake Ancient Egyptian artefact used by Tsar Alexander III of Russia sold to buyer from Denmark at Folkestone auction. Kent Online. 3 March.

Elgin marbles are not political pawns

(United Kingdom; Greece; Russia)

Tifanny Jenkins (2014). Elgin marbles are not political pawns. The Scotsman. 6 December.

Parthenon marbles loaned to Russian museum

(Russia; Greece; United Kingdom)

Helena Smith (2014). Parthenon marbles loaned to Russian museum. The Guardian. 5 December.

Parthenon marbles: Greece furious over British loan to Russia

(Russia; Greece; United Kingdom)

Helena Smith (2014). Parthenon marbles: Greece furious over British loan to Russia. The Guardian. 5 December.

Russia's Supreme Court upholds sentence in Gutenberg Bible theft case

(Russia)

RAPSI (2014). Russia's Supreme Court upholds sentence in Gutenberg Bible theft case. RAPSI. 4 September.

Five Levitans stolen from art museum

(Russia)

Ukraine News Agency (2014). Five Levitans stolen from art museum. Interfax. 5 August.

Russia sentences secret agents over theft of Gutenberg Bible

(Russia)

BBC News (2014). Russia sentences secret agents over theft of Gutenberg Bible. BBC News. 6 June.

Russian ministries set to return Scythian gold collection back to Crimean museums

(Russia; Ukraine)

Voice of Russia (2014). Russian ministries set to return Scythian gold collection back to Crimean museums. Voice of Russia. 12 April.