Antique Russian cars worth millions stolen from Ryazan museum

Antique Russian cars worth millions stolen from Ryazan museum

Moscow : Russia | Nov 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM PST
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In a strange case of museum robbery, the disappearance of classic Russian cars worth millions from a museum in Russia is unprecedented. According to reports, the disappearance of a pool of élite cars such as ZiLs and Caykas has startled the FSB.

The stolen cars were part of a collection placed at a military transport museum in Ryazan, a city south of Moscow. The cars were allegedly shifted to state garages in the Rublevka suburb of Moscow after the museum in Ryazan was closed in 2010 by Anatoly Serdyukov, the former defense minister of Russia.

The estimated value of the stolen limousines stands to millions of pounds. According to reports the cars were used by celebrities and leaders like Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev and Yury Gagarin.

The theft of the cars surfaced as part of the wider investigation of corruption in the Russian bureaucracy. The investigations on corruption led to the sacking of Mr Serdyukov earlier this month.

The Ryazan museum, opened in 1990s has expensive cars like ZiL-117 in which Cuban leader Castro was escorted when he visited the Soviet Union in 1972. Also, the ZiL-111 cabriolet was used to ferry cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to the Red Square when he became the first man to land in space in 1961.

The Telegraph

aymaan30 is based in New Delhi, Delhi, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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