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"Wounded Soldier" of Pirosmani was seized from illicit trafficking in Georgia

2011-05-31 15:31

The law enforcement bodies of Georgia declared that the painting of the famous Georgian self-taught artist Niko Pirosmani was seized from illicit trafficking. According the "GHN", the general prosecutor's office reported that the "Wounded Soldier" was seized from illicit trafficking by their specialists.


This painting will return to the National Gallery as the seven other masterpieces of various artists, the prosecutor added.

The discovered works are dated with 19-20 centuries. According to the experts, they have special historical value.

Recall, earlier this year in Georgia there was a scandal with the canvas of Pirosmani the "Black Lion". On April 25 this year, a citizen of Georgia Kurman Kutateladze, who calls himself the rightful owner of the painting of Niko Pirosmani the "Black Lion", has announced his intention to file a claim in court in order to eliminate a fake power of attorney, according to which the right on the picture of Pirosmani was transferred to a certain citizen of Russia.

According to the lawyer of Kutateladze, the new owner of the paintings - Vyacheslav Yefimov - has forged a signature of the true owner of the painting on the documents.

The painting the "Black Lion" was stolen from its owners in 1990. Its trail was lost, but in early April, the work of Pirosmani surfaced at an exhibition in Moscow. It is allegedly owned by a citizen of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Yefimov. 

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