Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
The duty-unit of police division number 2 received a statement from a local resident about the theft of property worth 500 thousand rubles from the territory of the Gnezdovo museum-reserve.
The operative duty-officer sent an investigative-operative group at the indicated address. Police officers thoroughly interviewed the victim, found out the features of the missing property, documented the evidence and interviewed possible witnesses of the incident.
The applicant explained that he had participated in the international festival of historical reconstruction and Slavic culture “Gnezdovo – 2018”. He exhibited in a tent self-made items that had no historical value: metal helmet, vest, mace, ax, pendants, leather boots and others. After waking up in the morning, he did not find the suitcases with his things.
As a result of the operational-search activities, the detectives established the identity and location of the suspect. He was a previously convicted resident of the Smolensk Region born in 1983, who confessed to the offense. He explained that he was a visitor to the exhibition and drank spirits with the owner of the property. During the feast the offender noticed leather goods and decided to steal them. While the owner was asleep, the offender entered the territory of the museum-reserve. The suspect could not carry at once all the property he was attracted by, so he returned to the tent three times during one night. He decided to keep the stolen items to himself. During the search of the suspect’s residence, the stolen property was seized in full and returned to the rightful owner.
With regard to the suspect, Division No. 2 of the Investigative Administration of the MIA of Russia Administration for the city of Smolensk filed a criminal case on the grounds of the crime provided for in part 3 of Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Theft”. The sanction of this part of the article provides for a maximum punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to six years.