Suspects arrested in theft of icons from Valdai monastery

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Suspects arrested in theft of icons from Valdai monastery
Veliky Novgorod. October 2. INTERFAX - the Novgorod district court on Friday remanded in custody two residents of the Leningrad region suspected of stealing the Valdai icon of the mother of God and other Church valuables from The svyatoozersky Iversky monastery, court spokesman Valery Tagansky told Interfax.
The icon was presented to the monastery by the head of state Vladimir Putin.
"At the request of the investigation, the court arrested Alexander Alekseev and Vladislav Sokolov until November 29. Both pleaded guilty," the source said.
It was reported that on the night of September 1, attackers made a tunnel under the gate, entered the monastery, broke a window in one of its churches and stole gold jewelry and other religious items, including the altar cross and a copy of the Iveron icon of the mother of God, which in 2001 was donated to the monastery by the head of state. The stolen cult items were tentatively dated to the 19th century. Their cost was not reported.
The police opened cases under part 4 of article 158 (theft) and part 2 of article 164 of the criminal code (theft of items of special value). The suspects were detained in the city of Volkhov, Leningrad region. One of them was previously convicted of committing serious crimes. The suspects found part of the stolen goods. In the near future, the valuables are planned to be returned to the monastery.
Источник: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/orthodoxy/?act=news&div=75839
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