Russia's Interior Ministry is investigating a smuggling case in which over 3 tons of valuable Russian church and cultural relics were taken to the
The 17th-19th century items, worth more than 7.5 million rubles ($226,000), were taken to the
The expert had intentionally, vastly understated the value of the objects of art, Logunov said, adding that, "The cargo seized in
Logunov said the smuggled items included icons, icon cases and Holy Doors, many of which were stolen during Soviet-era anti-religion campaigns and WWII. Some of the items were stolen more recently.
The general thanked
Logunov said more attempts to smuggle church relics had been prevented by Russian Customs officials since the investigation was launched.