US Returns Stolen Tsarist Medallion   Leave a comment

March 4, 2010: The U.S. Ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, returned a stolen silver medallion that belonged to the last Russian tsar after it was recovered from an online auction by U.S. investigators.

“This detective story is a wonderful example of successful cooperation, which allows us to improve relations between Russia and the United States,” Beyrle said during a ceremony at his official residence.

The medallion, which bears a portrait of Tsar Peter the Great, once belonged to the family of Russia’s last Czar, Nicholas II. It was stolen from the State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg.

A 2006 check showed that some 200 exhibits, including jewelry and icons worth $5 million, were stolen from Russia’s largest museum. Only 35 have been recovered.

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