Moscow handed over to the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Moscow an icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of the 18th century, presented by the Chairman of the Presidium, Milorad Dodik, to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Writes about this TASS.
The Russian ministry said that the icon was handed over on Wednesday, December 23. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry recommended that the partners use the available legal mechanisms to clarify all the circumstances of this case, including the origin of the mentioned artifact.
Earlier, the Dodik administration explained the origin of the icon donated to Lavrov. It is noted that this is a consecrated home icon. Also, the administration stressed that it was not stolen. The statement states that the incorrect information about the icon arose after an erroneous initial presentation in the media.
On December 17, the Ukrainian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina sent a note to Sarajevo demanding to urgently provide information about the icon presented to Lavrov, as well as to facilitate her immediate return to her homeland. “The embassy claims that the icon is a cultural benefit of Ukraine,” announced Bosnia and Herzegovina's Foreign Minister Bissera Turkovic.
A gilded Orthodox icon from Lugansk during the Russian Empire was presented to Lavrov by the head of the Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik. On the back of the relic there is a seal with the inscription “People's Commissar of Education of the Ukrainian SSR”.