Mar 15, 2007
...then again, I don't know what 5 years in a Russian prison is in American prison years.
RFE/RL: A St. Petersburg court has sentenced a history teacher to five years in prison for stealing dozens of works from the Hermitage Museum. Nikolai Zavadsky pleaded guilty to stealing more than 200 silver and enamel artifacts worth an estimated $5 million. Zavadsky said he sold the items to pawnshops and used the money to buy insulin for his diabetic wife, Larisa, who was a curator at the museum. The court also ordered Zavadsky to pay the Hermitage 7.3 million rubles ($283,000) in damages.