Art Restitution: Bolshevik Looted art


By Bolshevik-looted art, we mean artworks that were stolen, seized, looted or otherwise misappropriated by the Bolshevik regime during or in aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. The Bolsheviks urgently needed funds and they seized objects of value from churches, museums and eventually, private individuals’ collections which they sold to generate cash. By way of illustration, the Bolsheviks are reported to have sold the imperial family’s crowns, tiaras, necklaces and Fabergé eggs, the Hermitage museum’s Old Masters and the contents of whole palaces to the international art market during the 1920s and 1930s to raise foreign currency.  The seizures were legitimised by means of decrees issued by the Bolsheviks, nationalising private property.

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