Details of the theft of art objects, including paintings, from an apartment on Bolshaya Pionerskaya Street in Moscow, became known to MK. The suspects claim that they transported the valuables for storage after an attempted theft by unknown persons.
As it became known to “MK”, in Moscow on Bolshaya Pionerskaya Street lived an artist-restorer and part-time collector Viktor Larionov. In 2020, at the 77th year of his life, the man died, before that he was diagnosed with oncology. The entire collection of the restorer continued to be kept in his apartment.
At the end of autumn 2020, the artist’s 36-year-old son came to check the dwelling and found that antiques had disappeared from it – paintings, icons and other antiques dating from the XII-XVIII centuries. Among the stolen were paintings by famous artists M.A. Vrubel and D.D. Burliuk. The young man now estimates the damage at 300-400 million rubles. For some reason, not immediately, but only at the beginning of December 2020, he decided to write a statement to the police, in which he accused his 78-year-old aunt and her 53-year-old friend of stealing.
It was not difficult for the police to find the suspects, especially since they did not hide, but lived quietly at the registration addresses, and in the apartment of a friend of the artist’s sister, operatives seized part of the antiques indicated in the statement.
The detainees said that there was no theft, and all this property rightfully belongs to the 78-year-old sister of the deceased. They decided to move all this to another apartment after they discovered that someone tried to enter the artist’s dwelling on Bolshaya Pionerskaya Street, but the alarm went off and the intruders fled without taking anything. Fearing that the thieves would return, Larionov’s relative and her close friend decided to move the most valuable items to another address. They did not tell the artist’s son anything, because the collector’s sister considers this property to be hers – it was their common business with his brother, and his son allegedly had nothing to do with him. The suspects also believe that someone is influencing the applicant, and the goal is to take possession of antiques. They do not find other explanations for the act of the artist’s son.
However, a descendant of the collector has a different opinion. He believes that it was he and only he who helped his father in creating the collection all the time, and now it rightfully belongs to him. He also stated that his own aunt fell under the influence of her acquaintance, who simply got into the confidence of her and his deceased father, and that what the operatives seized from them was far from everything that was stolen.
Initially, according to the application, a criminal case was initiated under Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Theft”), but after conducting the examinations, the investigators retrained the article – as the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the city of Moscow reported, a criminal case was opened against the suspects under Part 2 of Article 164 Of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Theft of items of special value”). He chose a preventive measure in the form of a recognizance not to leave the place and proper behavior.