Ministry of Culture and the NACP start the search for works of art stolen by the occupiers during the war
The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy and the National Agency for Corruption Prevention have started joint efforts to prevent illegal trade in works of art that were stolen from Ukraine by the Russian army. This was announced on the website of the Ministry of Culture.
The efforts are being carried out within the framework of the Art Sanct Task Force. The task force is to track sanction violations in the transactions on the global art market and prevent illegal trade in art and antiquities that were stolen from Ukraine during the war by the occupiers.
"Currently, we are working to identify everything that the Russians stole from Ukraine and maintaining contact with international and Ukrainian law enforcers and specialized organizations in order to prevent international art trafficking and bring Russia to justice. To do this, we have to organize our work. We begin our close cooperation with the National Agency for Corruption Prevention within the framework of the Art Sanct Task Force," said Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy.
Oleksandr Novikov, head of the NACP, announced that a unified database of Ukrainian works of art stolen during the war would be created for the purpose of their identification and return to Ukraine.
According to the Ministry of Culture, as of February 1, over 1,500 cultural heritage and cultural infrastructure objects have been damaged or destroyed. According to UNESCO, over 230 cultural objects in Ukraine have already been damaged, many of them looted by ruscists.
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