MOSCOW, April 16. /TASS/. An isolation chamber that must have been used in pre-flight training by the first man in space Yuri Gagarin has been stolen in Moscow. The press-service of Moscow’s Cosmonautics Museum told TASS it disappeared from the premises of an industrial enterprise where it was to be examined for authenticity.
"It is true that the isolation chamber has gone missing. It was temporarily on the register of the Cosmonautics Museum. At the moment of theft it did not belong to the museum and was not inside the museum. It was stolen from a restoration workshop in the Strogino neighborhood," the press-service said.
No further details are available. According to the museum, Soviet cosmonauts had used several isolation chambers for training. At the workshop in Strogino experts were to find out whether the chamber was the one Gagarin, German Titov and other Soviet cosmonauts from the first group used in pre-flight preparations.
"After attribution the chamber was to be restored and delivered to the Cosmonautics Museum," the press-service added.
Law enforcement sources told TASS the chamber had been stolen late last week. The Moscow police have opened a criminal case and investigation is in progress.