Russia continues efforts to block the Sotheby's auction of Ivan Aivazovsky's painting "Evening in Cairo," stolen in Moscow 18 years ago, Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Alexeyeva told Interfax on June 1.
"Interpol's Russian bureau is doing all it can to return Aivazovsky's 'Evening in Cairo,' stolen in 1997 from a private collection in Moscow, to its legitimate owner," she said.
The Russian Interior Ministry's Interpol National Central Bureau is waiting for Britain to respond to its inquiry, sent out on May 29, Alexeyeva said.
The Russian police asked British colleagues at the end of last week to block the auction of Aivazovsky's 'Evening in Cairo', earlier reports said. The Sotheby's auction house rejected the request, however, and said in a statement that Sotheby's offering of Aivazovsky's "Evening in Cairo" on June 2 2015 will proceed with the agreement of both the owner and the consignor.
No details were provided on the talks between the owner of the painting and Russian law enforcement officials.
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