Interior Ministry: suspect in custody in the theft of icons of XIX century from the Moscow temple

© Photo : official website of the parishioners of the temple of the monk Pimen Velykokam monk Pimen the GreatInterior Ministry: suspect in custody in the theft of icons of XIX century from the Moscow temple© Photo : the website of the congregation of the Church of St. Pimen the Great

Employees of Moscow criminal investigation Department detained the woman suspected in the theft of icons of XIX century from the temple of Pimen the Great in the New Collar in the center of Moscow, said the representative of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia Irina Wolf.

In mid-April it became known that unknown persons during the service on Holy week, taking advantage of the large crowds, stole from the temple of the icon of the XIX century «beheading of St. John the Baptist.» The interior Ministry reported that the icon was later found in one of the antique shops of the capital, was prosecuted for the theft.

«Employees of criminal investigation Department detained 39-the summer inhabitant of Moscow, the suspect in the theft of the icon, which was made from the Church of St. Pimen the Great in the New Collar in April of this year,» Wolf said.

She added that the suspect elected a measure of restraint in the form of recognizance not to leave.

Church of St. Pimen the Great in the New Collars known from the XVII century, early XVIII century was built the stone Church Pimenovskaya. Of particular interest are her interiors created by the best artists of the era – they’ve survived intact since the beginning of the twentieth century. The extension of the temple continued into the nineteenth century. The most significant changes in the interior of the Church occurred in the years 1897-1907 when he established a two-tier marble iconostasis, decorated with columns and carved with Christian symbols – palm branches, vines, monograms alpha and omega. In the main temple there was a copy of the painting by Viktor Vasnetsov from the Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev.

Part of the utensils of the temple were lost in 1922 during the campaign to seize Church valuables, but the temple itself throughout the Soviet era did not close, which allowed him to retain his furniture and interiors. In 1927-1932 the Regent of the Church choir was the future Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Pimen. Today the Church of St. Pimen the Great in the New Collars – a monument of architecture, history and culture with open access to all comers.

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