Paintings by the former head of Department of property relations of the defense Ministry Evgenia Vasilyeva, who earlier refused to accept the gift of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, returned to the author, put them in a bag. TASS reported yesterday in a press-service of the Museum.
“Today the picture is handed over to representatives of the U.S. and by proxy an hour and a half ago. There is no specific procedure of transmission in such cases are not supposed to just put in a bag and left,” – said the press officer.
At the end of October it became known that an expert stock-purchasing Commission decided to reject the acceptance of a gift of a triptych work of Evgenia Vasilyeva “Transcriptase” “in connection with discrepancy of the collecting practice of the Museum.” The author was invited to take pictures within two weeks.
Prior to that, the Museum reported that the pictures were taken in temporary custody on the same basis as other works that presented to the Museum by artists and collectors. The decision on inclusion of new exhibits in the Museum’s collection adopts the stock-purchasing Commission, consisting of about 30 experts.
Vasilev was held in high-profile corruption scandal in the defense Ministry. While there was a consequence, she spent several months under house arrest in her luxurious apartment in the center of Moscow. In may 2015, in the case of “Oboronservis” Vasilyeva was sentenced to five years of imprisonment in a penal colony on charges of fraud. However, in August of the same year, sudogodsky district court of the Vladimir region has decided to release Vasilyev parole.
As written media, while under house arrest, Vasiliev was interested in the work, in particular, has published a book of love poetry with a circulation of 500 copies, wrote a few paintings in the genre of primitivism, organized two personal exhibitions of their works and shot a video for a song of his own composition “Slippers”.