On June 24, in response to a request from Fontanka, the Ministry of Culture spoke about the suspension of the temporary issuance and export of museum items from the territory of the Russian Federation. The department reported that the directive sent to all subordinate museums has been in effect since March 3.
At the same time, the Ministry of Culture noted, “cooperation with friendly countries, in particular, the temporary export of art objects to exhibitions, will be resumed from 2023.”
Since the beginning of the special military operation, about 1,500 exhibits have been returned to Russia from exhibitions in Belarus, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Spain, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Oman, Serbia, France, the Czech Republic and Japan.
Earlier on June 23, the State Hermitage Museum mentioned that it was “imposing a one-year moratorium on exhibitions in Europe and the USA.” The museum recalled that in the 1990s the museum had already imposed a moratorium on exhibitions in Russia for security reasons and because of high financial risks.