Moscow, June 6, Interfax - The icons that were loaned for an exhibition at Gordon Lankton's private Museum of Russian Icons in the United States have been returned to Russia, the press service for the Russian Culture Ministry told Interfax on Wednesday.
"Due to the failure to fulfill the Russian Culture Ministry's requirement, all materials on this issue were submitted" to interior affairs authorities in Moscow, the press service said. "The icons were returned to Russia through joint efforts," it said.
"The private Museum of Russian Icons, which, according to some reports, was established with Gordon Lankton's participation, filled out the paperwork for temporary export," the press service said.
"Actual damage has been avoided thanks to the timely actions of the Russian Culture Ministry and law enforcement agencies with support from the Russian Foreign Ministry," it said.