Moscow, January 29, Interfax - Ukraine's National Police did not open a criminal case into the disappearance of cultural valuables from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the main investigation department of the National Police said when responding to an inquiry from the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.
For instance, the newspaper asked the main investigation department how many charges and what charges are at the center of the investigation, how many artefacts are missing, and what their tentative value is.
Law enforcers said that they had not been alerted by the Culture Ministry about any cultural values missing from the National Kiev-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve.
Archpriest Alexander Bakhov, the head of the legal department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, said earlier that Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevgeny Nishchuk's claims that icons had been stolen from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra were premature and unfounded.
Ukrainian Deputy Culture Minister Tamara Mazur said on January 17 that most of the valuables of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, including holy relics, were not missing.
An inspection of the presence and conditions of storage of cultural valuables located in the National Kiev-Pechersk Historic and Cultural Reserve was conducted at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra between November 21 and December 17, 2018. Ten items were reported missing at the time.