Moscow violinist is reunited with his stolen ‘Russian Stradivarius’

Sergei Chekanov of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra was standing at a bus stop in the east of the city Moscow early last Monday morning when a passing thief snatched his violin case.

It contained a precious instrument, made by the luthier known as the Russian Stradivarius, Timofei Podgorny (1873-1958). 

A distressed Chekanov, 50, reported the theft to police. The violin is valued at 700,000 rubles ($19,000).

Police say they arrested a man and recovered the violin within 24 hours. Sergei got his instrument back today.

 

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Be careful on the buses in Moscow.

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