Audit of Russian museums follows allegations of widespread in-house theft

The Hermitage and other museums in Russia have apparently been frequent victims of theft by curators and other employees.  President Putin ordered a nation-wide audit of museum inventories when he was still in office.  The results of the audit will be made public soon but it has been confirmed that at least 87,000 pieces are missing.  A 2001 audit alleged at least 220,000 pieces were unaccounted for – that report has since gone missing itself (read article in LA Times)

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