The Ministry of culture of Ukraine initiates proceedings on transfer pictures from Mariupol art Museum named after Kuindzhi in Simferopol art Museum in March 2014, said in the process of briefing the Ukrainian Vice-Premier, Minister of culture Vyacheslav Kyrylenko.
"All the explanations collected by the employees of the Ministry of culture, the materials We will give in law enforcement, and assessment will be provided about the presence or absence of violations by officials" quoted Kirilenko Mariupol news portal " 0629 ". According to the magazine, last year in Mariupol art Museum named after Kuindzhi in cooperation with the Simferopol art Museum, hosted the third exhibition of Russian and Ukrainian art XVIII-XX centuries, which exhibited 52 paintings and among them one work of Ivan Aivazovsky ( "moonlight" ) and Ivan Shishkin ( "the Road to the forest" ). According to the Minister, March 10, 2014 agreement granting the temporary use of paintings from the Simferopol Museum in Mariupol was broken, however, on 20 March, All the paintings were returned to Russia annexed the Crimea." The price of paintings, according to the magazine, exceeded 28 million (almost 1, 2 million)." We did the right thing, according to the agreement with the Simferopol Museum, "said" 0629 " in Mariupol local history Museum." Exhibition activity was always Mariupol local history Museum, they prepared All the documents. I don't remember whether I signed the contract or termination of the contract with the Simferopol Museum, " said the former head of Department of culture and tourism of Mariupol city Council Constantine Tkalenko. The Ministry of culture of Ukraine submitted the materials of the police forces. In Crimea on March 16 last year held a referendum on the status of autonomy, more than 96% of the participants who were in favor of joining the region in Russia. March 21, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia, as well as a decree on the formation of the Crimean Federal district.