Saturday, 2 April 2022

Russian Looting on an Industrial Scale in Ukraine

  According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, in the city of Naroulia (Belarus) as a result of the invasion and temprary occupation of several areas of Ukraine, the Russian military has opened a bazaar for the sale of loot obtained illegally by soldiers of the Russian Army, the proceeds of this war crime include cultural property. The city officials of Naroulia have done nothing to stop this trade, and one must assume would therefore be taking their cut. This needs investigating in future. See Sam Hardy, "There is a market in Belarus for cultural property that has been stolen from Ukraine, pillaged by Russia’s soldiers and mercenaries", Conflict Antiquities 2 April 2022. Apparently, a convoy of trucks with various looted property is moving from the city of Buryn (Konotop district, Sumy region) towards the state border and in the city of Mozyr (Belarus) there are Russian military KAMAZ trucks from which soldiers unload packages of items obtained by looting. The loot is sent to Russia by the Russian express delivery service SDEK.

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