Hermitage director: Impossible to sell items stolen from Palmyra museum

The old citadel of Palmyra.

The old citadel of Palmyra.

Exhibits looted from the National Museum of Palmyra will be found, he said

Exhibits looted from the National Museum of Palmyra will eventually be found, Russian State Hermitage Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky has said.

"The museum was plundered, but not heavily. A substantial portion of its items were recovered, taken to Damascus or hidden. Some of the items disappeared, but it is not difficult to intercept them," Piotrosky told reporters on March 29.

"Tabs have been kept on all [exhibits] that were at the museum. There are photos of them, and it is impossible to sell or hide them. I think that they [militants] did not have time to conduct new excavations in order to collect some items that were not yet recorded. The exhibits that were at the museum will be found sooner or later," he added.

As an example, Piotrovsky cited Iraq's museum, which was also plundered, but saw most of its exhibits subsequently found and returned.

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