The loss of a few valuable icons was found out during the inventory checking at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. The criminal proceedings were opened as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Ukraine’s Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk.

“The complete inventory checking is partially done. The full reports are being sent to us. There are some losses of icons at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. On the other hand, do not tell that some items were transported out. These losses can be of the earlier period of time, before 2003. Now, the criminal proceedings were opened based on this verification. All documents sent to the law enforcement bodies,” the minister stated and promised that a special briefing on the disappeared icons will take place.

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The inventory checking of the presence of the relic at Near and Distant Caves of Lavra has begun on November 28. The work of the Commission, which consists of the workers of the ministry and National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve takes place under the supervision of the monks and members of the Spiritual Assembly of the convent.

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