Germany again demanded that Russia return cultural property

Berlin again received a demand for Russia regarding the return of cultural property that appeared on its territory after the victory of the USSR in the Great Patriotic War. We are talking about the Trojan collection of Heinrich Schliemann, the Eberswald treasure and a thousand objects and jewelry made of gold dating back to the XNUMXth century BC. These treasures are partially stored in the Hermitage, and partially in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

The German Embassy in Moscow explained to the newspaper reporters "News"that such a demand was put forward by the Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the German government Monica Grutters. Germany also claims that Berlin returned four artifacts to Russia last year.

The above items are not allowed to be exported abroad. This was stated by the head of the department of art and archeology of the ancient world of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. He added that German scientists are allowed full access to these subjects.

The special representative of the Russian president for international cultural cooperation, Mikhail Shvydkoy, believes that the return of cultural property is possible, but subject to the establishment of a political dialogue with Germany. At present, Russia has sanctions and there is no friendly atmosphere with Europe. Therefore, to talk about the return of artifacts is meaningless. At the same time, Shvydko regretted the lack of a trusting dialogue.

He also recalled that during the period when he was the Minister of Culture of Russia (2000-2004), this issue was actively discussed with Berlin. Then part of the values ​​was returned to Germany through exchange. In particular, the Germans got back the stained glass windows of Marienkirche from Frankfurt an der Oder. For this, the former Minister of Culture was harshly criticized by the Russian public.

It should be noted that in 1998 the law “On Values ​​Displaced in the Russian Federation as a result of World War II and its Consequences” was adopted. According to him, most of the cultural values ​​displaced in the USSR after the victory over Nazi Germany are the property of Russia.

However, the Soviet Union returned to Germany more than 1,6 million pieces of art, including canvases from the Dresden Art Gallery and the friezes of the Pergamon Altar. And this is despite the mass destruction and looting by the fascists of many cultural values ​​on the territory of the USSR. Only a small fraction was returned from our country stolen by the Nazis.
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  1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
    Afinogen (Afinogen) 20 December 2018 11: 27
    "Do not open your mouth on someone else's inch" ©)))
  2. Super warrior Offline Super warrior
    Super warrior (Super Warrior) 20 December 2018 11: 48
    Russia should raise with Germany the question of Germany’s annexation of the GDR and the restoration of the GDR, which the German Constitutional Court recognized ...,
    Russia should also raise with Germany the question of reimbursing Russia for expenses for abandoned property and the withdrawal of Russian troops (USSR) from the GDR, as well as for the payment of funds for accommodation (including the construction of living quarters), rehabilitation and training of Russian military men withdrawn from Germany ...
    In addition, Russia should raise with Germany the question of the full compensation of losses from the destruction by the Germans during the Great Patriotic War of the infrastructure of Russian cities, as well as factories, factories .... as well as destroyed and exported historical and cultural values ​​...
    As soon as Germany does the above, then Russia can talk to her about the return of German cultural values ​​...
  3. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 20 December 2018 12: 42
    Or can we also apologize to them for their war against us when about 27 million Soviet citizens died?
  4. Prutkov Offline Prutkov
    Prutkov (Kozma P) 20 December 2018 14: 40
    If we talk about justice in this matter, then Priam’s treasure should not return to Germany, but to where he was stolen by Schliemann. It makes sense to state that all countries that have collections in their museums that were forcibly removed from places of origin of cultural property return them back. I would then look at British, French and other similar museums.
  5. S.V.YU Offline S.V.YU
    S.V.YU 20 December 2018 22: 27
    As one very smart and authoritative person said, ---- even if the last lamppost was taken out of Germany, it would NOT reimburse our losses!