Prosecutors demand 4 years behind bars for alleged thief of Kuindzhi painting
MOSCOW, September 24 (RAPSI) – Prosecutors on Tuesday asked the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow to sentence Denis Chuprikov charged with stealing a painting by prominent Russian artist of Greek origin Arkhip Kuindzhi from the Tretyakov Gallery to 4 years in custody, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
According to the prosecution, the guilt of Chuprikov was fully proven.
Chuprikov in turn petitioned for suspended sentence.
The sentencing hearing will be held on September 25.
During the trial, it was revealed that the stolen painting was restored for 13,000 rubles (over $200). According to the defense of Chuprikov, the defendant compensated damages in full.
At the Tuesday hearing, Chuprikov publicly apologized to the Tretyakov Gallery and Russia’s Ministry of Culture.
Earlier, the defendant pleaded guilty in full and called the committed theft an attempt to attract attention and hype.
According to investigators, the work “Ai Petri” was stolen from Moscow's Tretyakov Art Gallery on January 27. The 31-year old Chuprikov was arrested in the Moscow Region on January 28. The work “Ai Petri” was also found and seized from a project under construction in the Moscow Region’s Odintsovo District.
Police claimed the man committed the crime from mercenary motives.
On January 29, Moscow’s Tagansky District Court put Chuprikov in detention. Investigation into the theft of the painting was completed in late June.
Kuindzhi painted “Ai Petri. Crimea” depicting a mountain in the Crimea peninsula in 1908.