Exhibits have been taken out to the USA in 2010 by the private Moscow museum, but have returned not in a year as that is demanded by the law, and six years later after initiation of legal proceedings. Why icons "were late" in America? The building of the Museum of the Russian icons in Clinton, Massachusetts. Photo: Museum of Russian Icons will consider Case of not return to Russia of 16 ancient icons on November 6 Presnensky Court. According to the investigators, the ex-director of the private Moscow "Museum of the Russian icon" Elena Knyazeva together with the president of this museum American Gordon Lenkton has made "not return at the scheduled time of cultural values". In September, 2010 Knyazeva has issued export of icons for an exhibition in the private museum of Lenkton in the USA. In a year the term of export has expired, and icons haven't returned. They managed to be returned only in the 2016th ambassador of initiation of legal proceedings, arrest in absentia and Lenkton's announcement in search. Knyazeva doesn't admit guilt. "promotion of the Russian and orthodox art" was the exhibition purpose, according to her. She informed Ministry of Culture and customs that icons are late, according to Knyazeva, however departments haven't taken any measures. Return of icons, according to the defendant, happened with her active direct participation, and she had no intention to commit a crime. A situation the senior research associate of department of Old Russian art of the Tretyakov gallery Levon Nersesyan:levon Nersesyan the senior research associate of department of Old Russian art of the Tretyakov gallery "Comments on Gordon Lenkton's museum I know because I was the first Russian expert who in far 2005 came to estimate his collection. Knyazeva's museum is a blank space. If it was any serious and noticeable, then it in the field my sight would get by all means. Examples of not return of icons, unfortunately, by foreign partners happen in time from time to time. We some number of years back even in Tretyakov gallery had such situation. I think that it is the whimsical grandfather Lenkton whom I know which ached and said: and I want more that they have hung for a while here, they are such beautiful. To the grandfather around 90 years, he when I communicated with him more than ten years ago, was on the verge of marasmus. I think that now he has already overstepped this bound. The grandfather went on the world and bought up different stuff which came across to him, and icons which at him in the museum, mostly from the same category, the word of another you won't tell. Of course, when to him decent icons have got, he didn't want to leave them. Thefts of icons are in a different way committed". Earlier it was reported that among the taken-out icons — "Saint Nikolay", "Resurrection", "the Virgin's Christmas", "Vernicle" and others. All of them have been transferred to temporary use to Knyazeva's museum from private collections for exhibiting in the USA. Knyazeva's museum has stopped existence by a court decision. Her lawyer hasn't responded to the request of Business FM. To add BFM.ru to your sources of news?
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