MOSCOW, September 14 /TASS/. The Manezh exhibition hall intends to seek 1 million rubles (roghly $15,000) from vandals who attacked "The Sculptures We Do not See" exhibition on August 14 on the basis of conclusions drawn by experts of the Grabar restoration center, Yelena Karneyeva, a spokeswoman for the exhibition facility, told TASS on Monday.
"The exhibition hall insists on recovery of the full cost of restoration of the museum exhibits on the basis of assessments made by the Grabar centre," Karneyeva went on to say adding that independent experts had estimated the damage caused to the four exhibits at about 196,000 roubles ($2,908).
Moscow police have initiated criminal proceedings on the August 14 attack at the Manezh exhibition hall, Moscow police spokesman Andrey Galiakberov told TASS on Monday.
Representatives of the Bozhya Volya (God’s Will) ultra-conservative movement burst into Moscow’s Manege exposition center, where "The Sculptures We Do not See" exhibition was under way, on August 14 and said that some of the exhibits were insulting the religious feelings of god-believers. They also vandalized several exhibits, including the works of Soviet painter and sculptor Vadim Sedur and installations Megasoma Mars.
"Criminal proceedings have been initiated on charges of destruction and damage to cultural values in connection with an incident that took place at the Manezh exhibition hall on August 14," Galiakberov said.
"The order on institution of criminal proceedings has been sent to a prosecutor’s office for approval," Galiakberov noted.
If found guilty, the vandals could face a fine of up to five million rubles ($74,190); up to 480 hours of compulsory work or up to five years of forced labour or a six-year prison term.
Police, however, have refused to initiate criminal proceedings against Dmitry Enteo, the leader of the Bozhya Volya Orthodox movement.
On August 14, representatives of the Russian Museums’ Union, the Russian Committee of the International Council of Museums and the directors of major federal and regional museums advocated "The Sculptures We Do not See" exhibition and stressed the need to protect objects of cultural heritage from vandal attacks.