A group of police officer is seen through a glass door at the Tretyakov State Gallery museum in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Russia's ministry of culture has estimated the insurance value of Arkhip Kuindzhi's Ai Petri. Crimea painting that was stolen from the gallery on Sunday at 12 million rubles (some 181,860 US dollars), director of the ministry's museums department Vladislav Kononov told TASS. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Painting stolen from Moscow gallery as witnesses watch

January 27, 2019 - 2:05 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — Police say a painting by a noted Russian landscape artist has been stolen from Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery, apparently in front confused witnesses.

The painting of mountain ridges by Arkhip Kuindzhi, titled "Ai-Petri. Crimea," was reported missing from the Tretyakpv, a premier museum of Russian art, on Sunday.

Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk told the Interfax news agency museum guards reported to police that unknown people took the painting off a wall and left.

The Culture Ministry says the art work is valued at 12 million rubles ($185,000).

The RT television channel said witnesses described a young man removing the painting from the wall and only later realized they'd seen a theft.