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Donetsk prosecutor’s office opened criminal proceedings to destroy the collection of the Kuindzhi Museum in Mariupol


Main photo: A. Kuindzhi “Cloud over the steppe”

As a result of an air strike, the Russian occupiers destroyed the Arkhip Kuindzhi Art Museum in Mariupol. However, according to the head of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine Konstantin Chernyavsky, at the time of the bombing, the museum did not keep the originals of Kuindzhi’s works, but only copies by Andriy Yalansky and Oleksandr Olkhov.

However, the museum kept works by other artists, including Ivan Aivazovsky, Mykola Glushchenko, and Tatiana Yablonska.

The Donetsk regional prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal investigation into the destruction of the funds of the Russian occupiers of the Arkhip Kuindzhi Art Museum and the private computer museum in Mariupol under Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of laws and customs of war). The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine writes about this in its Telegram channel.

According to the investigation, as a result of massive shelling by the armed forces of the Russian Federation, the building of the art museum was damaged. The funds of the institution (about 2,000 exhibits, including paintings and sculptures) the fate of which is currently unknown. The collection of a private non-profit museum of retro computers and consoles, numbering more than 500 exhibits, was also destroyed. The pre-trial investigation is being carried out by the SBU General Directorate in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.