Suspect in theft of Kuindzhi painting from Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery detained

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The painting by famous Russian landscape painter Arkhip Kuinzhi was stolen from Moscow's Tretyakov Gllery on Sunday evening. Authorities later arrested a suspect and were able to recover the piece, "Ai-Petri".

The incident is only the latest embarrassing lapse in security at Tretyakov Gallery, which was founded in 1856 and houses more than 1,300 works of Russian art from the 11th through the 20th century.

The painting, titled "Ai-Petri".

The Russian interior ministry said a 31-year-old man was detained in a village outside Moscow.

A museum employee called in to say video surveillance footage showed the thieves simply took the painting off the wall and made their escape, the police said.

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Authorities said the man had previously been charged with drug possession and was now not allowed to leave Russian Federation. "Security measures at the Arkhip Kuindzhi exhibition and all sites of the Tretyakov Gallery have been strengthened".

The country's Culture Minister said in a statement to the press on Monday that museums across the country would need to boost security at state-owned museums and would consider a plan to add motion detectors to artwork to limit theft.

He referred to an incident last May when a man slashed a painting by Ilya Repin depicting Tsar Ivan the bad after he killed his son.

Police arrested a 37-year-old man who used a metal pole to break the glass covering Ilya Repin's painting of the 16th-century tsar killing his son, damaging the work in three places.

Police have recovered a painting stolen from one of Russia's most respected museums.

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