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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Thief Caught After Selling Stolen Icon




Police recovered a famous icon in a jewel-encrusted frame that was stolen recently from a cathedral in the central Russian city of Kazan, a news report said Wednesday.


An antiques store in Moscow notified police after it purchased the icon for $9,000, Interfax reported.


The painting, together with the frame, has an estimated value of $500,000.


Police say that church volunteer Oleg Krinkin, 20, stole the icon from Kazan's St. Nicholas Cathedral last week and flew to Moscow to sell it.


He was arrested in Kazan, about 700 kilometers east of Moscow, as he got off a return flight.


Interfax said Krinkin was found with $4,300 when he was arrested and later confessed to stealing the icon.


The icon of Our Lady of Kazan was created in the 19th century.


Its frame was crafted at the same time by Peter Faberge, the acclaimed jeweler to the Russian imperial family.


The work was a replica of an icon that Ivan the Terrible brought to Moscow after his troops seized Kazan in the 16th century.