Medvedev accused Europe of “trying to pocket” paintings from Russia

The Deputy Head of the Security Council called the countries of Europe, because of whose position the return of paintings from Russian collections is delayed, “banal thieves”

Dmitry Medvedev

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev accused Europe of trying to appropriate paintings from Russian collections that are delayed or unable to return to the country due to the difficulties caused by the sanctions.

“What is characteristic: Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Shostakovich and Pushkin are anathematized by many Europeans with clinical pleasure. But material values ​​temporarily located abroad are quite ready to be pocketed with the help of formal delays. <…> Well done Europeans, simply handsome & hellip; Well, or banal thieves, from which side to look, & mdash; wrote Medvedev in Telegram.

According to him, “the bureaucracy of the European Union impudently forced Finland under far-fetched” sanctions ” prepositions» to detain at the border the paintings of the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum, exhibited in Italy and Japan. Medvedev noted that “colossal efforts” succeeded in persuading the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs to back down and issue permission to transport the paintings to Russia.

Also, the deputy head of the Security Council noted, “neither shaky nor rolled” the process of returning to Russia the paintings exhibited by the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris as part of the display of the collection of the Morozov brothers.

“This is a good lesson for the whole world for the future. If you do not want your property to be under arrest, in the third decade of the 21st century, you cannot take the word of the authorities of European countries. Their letters of guarantee are not worth the paper they are printed on. <…> And I recommend that representatives of the degenerate European establishment still watch the film “Alexander Nevsky” and listen to the final cantata. It will help to better understand: do not anger the Russians, return someone else's, so that in the end you will not be under the ice of Lake Peipsi again, — Medvedev noted.

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On April 4, Special Presidential Envoy for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi announced the detention of paintings from Russian museums, including those from the Hermitage, in Finland. According to him, the exhibits got stuck at customs. He attributed the delay to bureaucratic procedures. At the same time, the Finnish Customs confirmed that three consignments of goods “falling under EU sanctions” were detained at the Vaalimaa checkpoint from 2 to 4 April.

In addition to paintings from the Hermitage, we are also talking about exhibits from the museum-reserves “Tsarskoe Selo”, “Pavlovsk”; and “Gatchina”, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Museum of the East and the Pushkin Museum. They were presented at two exhibitions in Italy (in Milan and Udine) and at the Chiba Museum in Japan.

On April 7, the Russian Foreign Ministry protested to Finnish Ambassador Antti Helanter. After that, the Finnish customs officers requested an explanation from the European Commission (EC). The EC said that paintings that participated in European exhibitions are not subject to restrictions. Ultimately, the Finnish Foreign Ministry allowed the work to be returned to Russia.

On 9 April, the Hermitage announced that the paintings had arrived in Russia. Among them are the works of Antonio Canova, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Vigée Lebrun, the painting “The Tolstoy Family in Venice”; Giulio Carlini, the press service of the museum specified.

At the same time, the French Ministry of Culture reported that two paintings from the collection of the brothers Mikhail and Ivan Morozov, which were on display at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, will remain in France. According to Le Monde, the first canvas belongs to businessman Peter Aven, who fell under EU sanctions. The publication clarifies that we are talking about the painting “Self-portrait in gray” Peter Konchalovsky. Second job— portrait of Margarita Morozova Valentin Serov— belongs to the Dnepropetrovsk Museum of Fine Arts in Ukraine.

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