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Russian Prosecutor Tries to Halt Repatriation of Trophy Art

A senior Russian prosecutor ordered the Culture Ministry not to repatriate a large collection of artworks taken from Germany by the Soviet army in 1945, the Moscow Times reports. First Deputy Prosecutor General Yury Biryukov's order came just days after Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi rejected fierce criticism from lawmakers and insisted the artworks, taken from the Bremen Kunsthalle, were “trophy art” and must be returned to Germany.

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