Sunday, 18 March 2007

Hermitage Thefts Update

Nikolai ZavadskyThis is Nikolai Zavadsky, husband of Larisa Zavadskaya who was a curator of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg until she died of a heart attack when Russian Fuzz began an investigation into the theft of more than 200 treasures from the museum. Hubby was found guilty of colluding with his wife to steal the artifacts, estimated to be worth £2.67m ($5m), and was sentenced to five years in prison. He must also pay the Hermitage 7.4m roubles (£147,000, $283,000) as compensation for items he sold. And the moral of this tale? Cut down on the saturated fats.


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