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The International Council of Museums publishes a red list of cultural property in danger in Ukraine

Yesterday, the International Council of Museums published an “emergency red list of cultural property in danger” in Ukraine, including ancient manuscripts, centuries-old icons and handicrafts, with the aim of combating the illegal trade in these properties, which “increased with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

The International Council of Museums hopes – in a statement – that this list will be a good reference for “identifying looted cultural property in Ukraine when it begins to circulate in the coming weeks, months and years.”

The international network – which includes active parties in the museum community and whose activities cover about 140 countries – added that its initiative “comes at the right time with regard to combating illegal trafficking in Ukrainian cultural heritage, which is a phenomenon that has existed in the region for a long time, but its pace increased with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” “.

Workers transport artifacts and cultural artifacts as part of safety preparations in the city of Lviv, western Ukraine (Associated Press)

“Recent reports of massive looting of the Kherson Art Museum by Russian forces who withdrew from the city on November 11 prove that this threat exists and is being systematically implemented,” the council’s statement continued.

The red list includes manuscripts dating back between the 13th and 19th centuries, ancient religious icons, and modern paintings belonging to several currents, such as naturalistic art, the avant-garde and socialist realism, in addition to artisan pieces of fashion and jewelry.

In order to combat illegal trafficking in cultural heritage, the International Council of Museums, established in 1946, cooperates with international organizations such as Interpol and the World Customs Organization.

In Ukraine, the United Nations is using satellite images to track the destroyed cultural and heritage heritage as a result of the Russian war on Ukraine. And UNESCO monitored – at the end of October – 207 cultural sites that have been damaged since the start of the war on February 24.

These sites represent 88 religious monuments, 15 museums, 76 buildings of historical or artistic significance, 18 archaeological monuments, and 10 libraries.

And the author of the book “Beautiful Stolen: Soviet Looting of Art Treasure in Europe” believes that the most terrifying scenarios include damage to major museum centers such as Kyiv and Odessa, where the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, includes collections of international importance, and the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine includes about 56,000 pieces, including A famous gold collection from the fourth century BC, and the National Art Museum in Kyiv contains an impressive art collection.

Source: Aljazeera

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