Germany returns 19th-century icon to Russia
MOSCOW, July 3 (RAPSI) – Germany has returned a 19th century icon of Sts. Peter and Paul to Russia. It was one of the 30 icons stolen from the Church of St. Nicholas in Chernopenye, Kostroma Region, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday.
The ministry secured the return of the icon with the help of Interpol. It did not say when the icon was stolen.
“The icon of Sts. Peter and Paul, 32 x 37 centimeters, was confiscated from a German national who is suspected by the German authorities of involvement in the illegal trafficking of church items,” the statement reads.
Art experts have concluded that the icon of Sts. Peter and Paul dates to the second half of the 19th century and is cultural property. It is valued at 330,000 rubles ($9,635).