When and by whom Kyiv History Museum was looted are not unknown. Officers of the Yanukovych regime did it on the 18th-19th of February 2014.

This is just a note to highlight that, early in the unrest in Ukraine, on the night of the 18th-19th of February, 64 artefacts, worth around $200,000, were stolen from Kyiv History Museum(1) and the City Hall Museum in Ukrainian House. They included icons, a gospel and various other objects. A greater number of antiquities and artworks were damaged or destroyed.

joinfo stated: ‘It was occupied by Berkut [riot police], then again by activists. At what moment the valuables were stolen and by whom is unknown. [Его то занимали беркутовцы, то снова активисты. В какой момент были похищены ценности и кем неизвестно.]’ But, months ago, the Moscow Times reported that the robbery was on the night of the 18th-19th of February, and the Board of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) explained that, from the evening of the 18th of February until the morning of the 20th, ‘the officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine controlled the Ukrainian House’ and, when they set off the alarm, ‘security did not respond’.

Среди похищенных экспонатов серебряная монета номиналом в 100 гривен, весом в один килограмм и стоимостью почти 1,5 тысячи долларов; несколько сабель, каждую из которых оценивают в 10 тысяч долларов; иконы начала ХХ века – Богородица с ребенком, Христос, Вознесение Господнее и Святой Николай. Каждая из них стоит около 2—2,5 тысячи долларов. Кроме того, исчезла икона Богородица стоимостью в 5—6 тысяч долларов и копия Евангелия за 2—4 тысячи.

Числится среди пропаж и фарфоровый бюст Екатерины II, сделанный в 1780 году, стоимостью. 5 тысяч долларов; скульптура детей, играющих на фортепиано ХIХ века за 1,5 тысячи долларов, сумочка того же века за тысячу долларов, шелковая вышитая скатерть первой половины ХIХ века за 5 тысяч долларов и английские часы ХVIII века за 2,5 тысячи. Самой же дорогой потерей стал нож из дамасской стали с рукояткой из бивня мамонта. Это, конечно, не уникальный розовый бриллиант весом в 50,66 карат и стоимость 50 миллионов долларов, который пропал из хранилища в Женеве, но для киевских музейщиков потеря клинка, который оценивается в 25 тысяч долларов также ощутимая потеря.

Всего, по оценкам музейщиков, украдено 64 экспоната стоимостью в 185 333 долларов. Открыто уголовное производство по статье кража.

[Machine translation (give or take one or two words and phrases)]

Among the stolen exhibits silver coin 100 hryvnia, weighing one kilogram and cost almost 1.5 thousand dollars; several swords, each of which is estimated at 10 thousand dollars; icon of the early twentieth century – Virgin and Child, Christ, Ascension and St. Nicholas. Each of them costs about 2-2.5 thousand dollars. In addition, the icon of the Virgin disappeared cost 5-6 thousand dollars and a copy of the Gospel for 2-4 thousand.

Is among the disappearances and porcelain bust of Catherine II, made ​​in 1780, cost. 5000 dollars; sculpture of children playing on the piano of the nineteenth century for 1.5 thousand dollars, a handbag of the same century for one thousand dollars, silk embroidered tablecloth first half of the nineteenth century in 5000 dollars and eighteenth century English watch for 2,5 thousand. The very same road loss was the knife made ​​of Damascus steel with a handle made ​​from mammoth ivory. This… loss of Kiev museum staff blade, which is estimated at 25 thousand dollars is a tangible loss.

In total, according to museum staff, the value of the 64 stolen exhibits is estimated to be 185,333 dollars. Criminal proceedings have been opened under the article for theft.

Notes

1: a.k.a. the Museum of the History of Kyiv.

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