СМИ о нас / Crimea"s looted treasure on the political agenda01.05.2014
Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a region rich in archaeological sites that are routinely targeted by looters, has thrust illegal excavations around the shore of the Black Sea onto the political agenda. Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, which has run archaeological digs in Crimea for decades, addressed the topic in a presentation to the Russian parliament in March, shortly after the peninsula voted to join Russia.
“Crimea, unfortunately, is known as one of the places most dear to ‘black archaeologists’ [those involved in the illicit searching for and trading of artefacts],” Piotrovsky said. “The level of plunder of monuments, with the help of metal detectors, is huge.” In a newspaper column just days earlier, he had written that “Crimea and Ukraine have long been on Interpol lists next to Iraq and Iran due to the pillage of treasures on their territories”. Addressing parliament, he described places in Crimea with “entire roads [where] tombs [have been] torn apart… and pillaged”.