Mar 15, 2007

5 years seems lenient to me...


...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.

10 comments:

Kristina said...

Странно, Российские новости говорят другое: что Завадский воловар просто потому, что его жена была такая строгая и злая (http://www.grani.ru/Culture/m.119246.html). Вот это интереснее, почитай: http://www.grani.ru/Culture/art/m.119436.html

Ern said...

Are they insinuating it was the wife's fault?

Kristina said...

They said it was his fault, but he was doing everything under his wife's pressure.

Ern said...

They always blame a woman...

Kristina said...

I'm not talking about blaming a woman or a man, but about the difference between the same story in the Russian news and the American news. Did you read the article in the American news, didn't you?

Ern said...

Yes, Kristina, and I'm just kidding around by the way. :)

Kristina said...

Sorry, didn't catch your joke (English is not my first language).

Ern said...

No worries, if you had met me before you'd know I'm often sarcastic. :)

Captain Haddock said...

I think I've met you once :)

Kristina said...

The previous comment was from me.