Russian declared paintings he stole from museum in Kherson

2 April, 10:37 PM
Russian military (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Russia/Telegram)

Russian military (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Russia/Telegram)

A Russian occupier documented his own theft of paintings from the Kherson Regional Local History Museum by signing a storage agreement, Kherson Regional Council's First Deputy Chairman Yuriy Sobolevsky wrote on Telegram on April 2.

"Obvious and unbelievable – that the Russian occupier self-documented his own crimes, assisting international courts," Sobolevsky reported.

He quoted the Russian document: "On April 1, 2023, the Ministry of Culture in Kherson Oblast and the director of the Central Museum of Tavrida in Simferopol, Andriy Malyhin, signed an agreement on the storage of previously evacuated paintings of Kherson Regional Local History Museum."

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Evacuation refers to the looting of cultural treasures while the invaders were fleeing from Kherson Oblast in November 2022, Sobolevsky added.

Russia completely looted Kherson museums, presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak has said previously.

Russian occupying authorities brought dozens of people to the Kherson Regional Art Museum in order to take out all the equipment and artwork between Oct. 31 and Nov. 4.

The loot was carried out on trucks and school buses. The paintings were not packed properly, but wrapped in rags, witnesses said.

Russian soldiers, bizarrely, are also known to have aided the theft of a raccoon from Kherson zoo, along with several other animals.

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