facebook
twitter
search
search

Museum director arrested for smuggling stolen icon

May 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

MOSCOW, May 17 (UPI) -- A museum director was arrested at an airport for allegedly trying to smuggle a 17th-century icon valued at $1 million stolen from Russia in 1994, police said.

Nikolai Zadorozhny, 62, identified as the director of the Russian Icon museum by the news Web site Life News, was detained while carrying the 1690 icon Old Testament Trinity by Kirill Ulanov, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

Zadorozhny has denied any wrongdoing and said he bought the painting from a private collector in Germany.

The icon was put on an international wanted list when it was stolen from a museum in the Vologda region in 1994.

Police said they found Zadorozhny through a tip.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korea on missile cruiser deployment to Japan: U.S. 'will burn'
North Korea blasts South's idea of unified system
Puerto Rico not able to pay more than $72 billion in debts
North Korea calls U.N. human rights commissioner 'mediocre peddler'
Seven arrests made in Tunisia hotel killings