Security Service of Ukraine warns ancient icons being smuggled to Russia

Press Center of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)
10.03.2015
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine together with customs officers at the “Yunakivka” post in Sumy region discovered and seized five ancient icons that a smuggler was trying to take to Russia.

The icons, in particular with images of the Holy Trinity, the Resurrection of Christ, and the Mother of God – dated from the 18-19th century – are of historical importance. These cultural treasures ​​were removed by order of Russian collectors.  

Criminal proceedings were opened on the grounds of a crime under Ch. 2 Article. 15, Ch. 1, Art. 201 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Operational-investigative actions to determine the origin of the religious subjects continue.

 

Source: Security Service of Ukraine

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