FILE PHOTO: A display screen seize taken from video footage exhibits a man strolling with a portray by distinguished artist Arkhip Kuindzhi at Tretyakov art gallery in Moscow, Russia January 28, 2019. Reuters Tv/by way of REUTERS
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A man who stole a Russian masterpiece value about $1 million from a Moscow art gallery in broad daylight in January was sentenced to 3 years in jail on Wednesday.
Police arrested Denis Chuprikov after he was caught on digicam taking the 1908 panorama portray “Ai Petri. Crimea” by artist Arkhip Kuindzhi off the wall of the Tretyakov Gallery and strolling out with it underneath his arm.
The portray depicts a mountain scene and was valued at about $1 million, state tv stated on the time, although it was insured for less than $200,000.
Police recovered the work on a close-by constructing web site after Chuprikov instructed them the place he had hidden it.
He pleaded responsible to the theft earlier than a Moscow courtroom. He plans to enchantment his sentence, the RIA information company reported.
Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; writing by Tom Balmforth; enhancing by Angus MacSwan