U.S. returns historical documents stolen in 1990s to Russia

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has returned eight historical documents stolen in the early 1990s to Russia.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has returned eight historical documents stolen in the early 1990s to Russia.

McFaul said this event took place thanks to the combined efforts of the U.S. national security and Russian law enforcement agencies at the ceremony for the return of the documents.

The return of these documents is the result of long-term work of almost five years, McFaul said. These documents were stolen from the Russian national historical archive in St. Petersburg, the Russian national archive of literature and art and the Russian military and historical archive in early 1990s, the U.S. ambassador said.

McFaul said that the return of documents was the result of the combined efforts aimed at deepening the cooperation between the Russian and U.S. law enforcement agencies.

McFaul said he thanked employees of the U.S. Homeland Security and everyone else who contributed to the return.

Several decrees of Yekaterina II and Alexander II, a letter from Yekaterina to Mikhail Kakhovsky, a decree of Emperor Nikolai II and others were given back to Russia via the U.S. embassy.

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