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News Links / Jewelry stolen from State Hermitage Museum
« on: August 02, 2006, 11:23:31 AM »
From Novosti: Aug. 1, 2006

Jewelry theft from St. Petersburg Hermitage took years -director
      
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ST. PETERSBURG, August 1 (RIA Novosti) - The theft of millions of dollars worth of jewelry from St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum was probably carried out over a period of several years, the museum's director said Tuesday.

The loss of 221 jewelry items, most of which were enamels, from storage in the Russian section of the Hermitage, to the value of 130 million rubles ($4.8 million), was discovered after a regular inspection and announced Monday.

Mikhail Piotrovsky said, "I think it took several years to steal the items," but said the circumstances were unclear. The stolen items were Russian art from the Middle Ages and the 19th century.

"It is clear that without the cooperation of museum staff, this could not have happened," he said.

The director said a regular inspection of museum items had begun in mid-2005, and the curator of the collection had died in October, after which the collection was handed over to a new curator. He added that three or four museum employees usually had access to storage.

Police said a group of investigators was working at the scene, but no criminal proceedings had been initiated yet. "The items may have been removed to other storages without making corresponding records. In any event, it is premature to speak of criminal intent," a police spokesman said.

The Russian section of the Hermitage contains over 300,000 works of art from Russia's thousand-year history. The museum, comprising six buildings, has one of the world's largest art collections.


     

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Hypothetical question.  What could Nicholas have done to preserve his throne and that of his son.  

Should he have ended Russia's involvement in WWI, publicize Alexei's illness, create a better supply of food in the capital, reorganize the Duma?  

Any thoughts?  

It seems that other Romanovs realized how bad he was screwing things up.  If he would have listened to their advice instead of leaving everything in God's hands, he may have ruled until the end of his natural life.

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I have a question that I wonder if anyone can answer.  In several books, the family tree states the death of Prince Ernest Ludwig of Hesse Darmstadt, his wife Elinor, their son Georg Donatus and his wife Cecilie and two of their children all died in 1937.  It says they were killed with the exception of Ernest Ludwig.  What happened and how did they all die?

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