October 25, 2021

Russia: Hermitage Museum Library Employee Arrested For Stealing Books and Documents

From Agence France Presse:

An employee at Russia’s Hermitage Museum was arrested for stealing books and documents, some centuries-old, from the institution’s celebrated collection and then trying to sell them to antique dealers, officials said Monday.

The man, who worked in the library of the Saint Petersburg museum, was taken into custody Friday in connection with a probe launched after items were found missing during an inspection last month, Russia’s secret service FSB said in a statement.

“Several engravings, lithographs, photographs and books dating from the 17th to 19th centuries” and belonging to the Hermitage library were found at the worker’s home as well as with a friend of his and at a Saint Petersburg antique shop, FSB said.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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