Gomel customs officers stopped illegal movement of cultural values
During the customs control of a Kiev-Gomel regular bus, the icons wrapped in a blanket were found in a suitcase of a Ukrainian citizen. The citizen did not declare them.
The expert of the Customs Laboratory found that all the discovered icons were created in the Russian Empire at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries and belong to the category of cultural values. Among the icons there were such rare specimens as the icon "Holy Trinity of the Fatherland" covered with a silver riza, "The three-handed" Mother of God and the icon "For perpetual remembrance of God's miraculous deliverance". The total estimated value of the detected icons is about 3.5 thousand US dollars, which exceeds the established norms for the duty-free import of goods.