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Mikhail Fedotov and Andrei Babushkin visited the Nicholas Roerich Museum building in Moscow, sealed after the “armed capture”

April 29th,  2017 Chairman of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights under the President of Russia Mikhail Fedotov and the Council member Andrei Babushkin visited the Nicholas Roerich Museum, located at the Lopukhin's estate on Maly Znamensky Lane in Moscow. One day before the visit,  the building had been captured by armed personnel. The moment of seizure was witnessed by a member of the HRC, Ivan Zasursky. According
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Member of the Human Rights Council Ivan Zasursky witnessed the armed capture of the Nicholas Roerich Museum

April 29th,  2017 Member of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights under the President of Russia Ivan Zasursky witnessed attempts of the armed capture of the Museum named after Nicholas Roerich. He recorded all the details on video. The armed people, accompanied by the police, entered the museum and refused to leave it, arguing this by a court decision, although the sentence has not come into force yet.
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Anti-cultural activity of the Ministry of Culture’s leadership is a shame for Russia

It is hard to amaze us with an epidemic of corruption among Russian officials. Fr om time to time the high-profile corruption scandals come to light. On the one part they give hope to the society that Authorities are not determined to put up with this “pesthole” of modern civilization, but on the other part they testify that the basis of vertical of power in Russia relies on people who
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Congress of Intellectuals Declaration: Stop destruction of the International Centre of the Roerichs

A number of recent events connected with the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR) and its Museum named after Nicholas Roerich should receive attention of the community as they present an issue of great concern. On 7 March 2017 a search was conducted at the Museum, which resulted in seizure of a large number of paintings and other objects as well as the Soviet Roerich Foundation archives. Together with about
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“We were allowed to the toilet only under escort” – The Report from the Center of the Roerichs after the pogrom // Novie Izvestiya

Novie Izvestiya.  15.03.2017. A week has passed since the International Center of the Roerichs (ICR) was searched. About 200 exhibits were taken from the museum. The siloviki* made a real pogrom in the ICR. The paintings were packed and transported with a large number of irregularities. The ICR employees were kept in the Center for almost 17 hours. The museum community is still silent. The leadership of the International Center
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Why do “the specialists in the Buddhism” need the power support of Russian FSB (Federal Security Service)? // Novaya Gazeta

Valery Shiryaev, Novaya Gazeta 12.03.2017 What is really behind the searches at the International Center of the Roerichs. On 11 March, we published the article “The patron fled, the case lost, the searches conducted" – about the scandal around the Roerich Museum. Valery Shiryaev strongly disagree with the statement that the banker Bulochnik’s ‘laundering activity’ served as the only cause for searches, and he offers his perspective on the situation.
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Search procedures in the Museum of the ICR will be appealed in court // INTERFAX

Moscow. March 11. INTERFAX.RU – the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR) will appeal in court against the search procedures in its Museum and the withdrawal of works of art, the vice-president of the ICR Alexander Stetsenko informed Interfax. "Unclear, why we are illegally tied to criminal case of Master-Bank, we are not involved in it. I suppose that somebody wants us to be involved in it as suspects. It
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Did Medinsky «rob» the Museum of the Roerichs? // The Morning News

2017-03-10  The Morning News Author: Maxim Gurkin 200 exhibits were transferred to the State Museum of Oriental Art with the participation of Special Police Force (OMON). What is the further destiny of the Roerich’s heritage? On March 7 the fighters of the Special Police Force stormed the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR). As a result, about 200 paintings were seized and transferred to the State Museum of Oriental Art
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Paintings conflict // Radio «Svoboda»

Radio «Svoboda». 9.03.2017 By Lyubov Chizhova The leadership of the International Centre of the Roerichs where the search has been recently made blamed the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation for “systematic destruction” of the museum, and investigation authorities for its “armed seizure”. On Thursday during the press-conference the representatives of the Centre declared that Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky and his deputy Vladimir Aristarkhov
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Vice-president of the International Centre of the Roerichs: “The Ministry of Culture dreams to destroy us” // Novie Izvestiya

March 9, Novie Izvestiya. Now the Moscow Museum named after Nicholas Roerich works on its normal schedule. Employees decide how to rebuild the exposition as the security forces took away about 200 works of art. The vice-president of the International Centre of the Roerichs Alexander Stetsenko is sure that this intrusion was guided by the management of the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry does not give any answer. Did you know
Riot police cordoned off the Centre of the Roerichs in Moscow
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Riot police cordoned off the Centre of the Roerichs in Moscow // Russian reality

Riot police cordoned off the Centre of the Roerichs in Moscow Law enforcement officers blocked the building of the International centre of the Roerichs (ICR) in Moscow. About it “Interfax” on Tuesday, March 7, Vice-President of the ICR Alexander Stetsenko. “The special forces took the keys, go to searches and seizures” — he said, not specifying what exactly is being withdrawn. The reasons for the search is also not called.
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Anatoly Karpov about the Roerichs heritage and the non-governmental Museum named after Nicholas Roerich // Sport FM radio

Anatoly Karpov about the Roerichs heritage and the non-governmental Museum named after Nicholas Roerich on "The Living Room of Alexey Lebedev" program on the air of Sport FM radio (3.03.2017). Alexey Lebedev: Well I hope that you will have a chance to discuss it with me or with my colleagues on the air of Sport FM. But now I’d like to shift from chess topic to your public activity. Except