Russia Robbed Poland

by Olha Povaliaieva
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Russia Robbed Poland

Poland demands Russia return works of art stolen during WW II

The Polish Ministry of culture sent a letter to the Russian authorities concerning the restitution of 7 works of art. It is known that they were taken to the USSR and are now in the Pushkin museum of arts in Moscow.

"There is no statute of limitations in cases of theft of cultural property, not only in ethical and moral terms but also in international law. The Polish state will never stop searching for, and returning cultural property looted due to World War II," said Polish minister of culture Peter Glinski.

The politician also said that the department had previously sent official requests to Russia. According to him, in 2004, 2012, and 2014 Poland wanted to return more than a thousand of its paintings, but the Ministry of the culture of Russia did not even consider these requests.

At the moment, Poland wants to return 7 paintings:

  • The worship of the infant, Lorenzo di Credi;
  • 2 grieving saints, Aretino Spinello;
  • Christ and the sinner, Luca Giordano;
  • Portrait of the artist, Valentine de Boulogne;
  • Italian landscape with staffage, Andrea Locatelli;
  • Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist and Madonna with a baby in the background of the landscape, unknown authors.

The position of Russia over the past 8 years has not changed. The Ministry of the culture of the RF stated that they did not receive official requests from the Polish side for the last 7 masterpieces.

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