An attempt was made to export from Moldova to Russia a violin, presumably created by Stradivari, worth 2 million euros. About it reported Press Secretary of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Moldova Maria Kerpek.
According to her, the violin was found by customs officers in the luggage of a woman who checked in at the Chisinau airport for a flight to Moscow. The luggage owner claimed that she was going to Russia to take part in the concert.
“During the search, the customs officers also found an act of appraisal of a musical instrument, according to which the violin was made by Stradivari in 1700 and is estimated at about 2 million euros,” said the press secretary of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
The violin has now been deposited with the National Bank of Moldova.
The prosecutor’s office is investigating the smuggling. The country’s authorities will also have to verify the authenticity of the instrument, as well as the ways of its entry into Moldova.