Pskov customs prevented smuggling of paintings and works of decorative art

14 of the 27 items, moved the citizen of the Russian Federation to the customs territory of the Eurasian economic Union, recognized cultural values.

The citizen of the Russian Federation without customs control documents moved their goods through the customs post MAPP (multilateral automobile checkpoint) Ludonka Pskov customs at the Russian-Latvian border imported paintings, statues, furnishings, and utensils. The man explained that transported them to the items presented to him during a tourist trip to Europe.

All of the floating objects was sent to art historical examination.

According to the results of expert studies, 14 out of 27 objects recognized as cultural property like paintings and works of decorative art created more than 50 years ago.

Among them are: 8 paintings, created in Western Europe in the first half of the twentieth century; candle holder and planter, created in the neo-Rococo style in the late XIX – first half of XX century; decorative wall dish, created in Belgium in the mid-twentieth century; coffee set made in Germany in the mid-twentieth century; a statuette “Seated girl”, made of metal in Western Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, and decorative frame. These commodities fall under the Law of the Russian Federation of 15 April 1993
№ 4804-1 “On export and import of cultural values”.

The market value of cultural property in the domestic market amounted to more than 153 thousand rubles.

Pskov customs office opened a criminal case under part 1 of article 226.1 of the Criminal code of the Russian Federation on the fact of smuggling items related to the category of cultural values.


Natalia Knyazeva,
press Secretary of the Pskov customs