Wednesday, August 09, 2006

More Russian Art Theft

The New York Times reports this morning that drawings by Russian architect Yakov Chernikhov, "worth several million dollars," have been stolen from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art. This follows the recent news that nearly $5 million worth of art was stolen from the Hermitage Museum, in connection with which three suspects, including the husband and son of a curator who died last year, have been arrested. The Times notes that the thefts "have highlighted the antiquated inventory and security systems of Russian cultural institutions." Chernikhov's wikipedia page is here.