The Egyptian authorities were quick to announce the disclosure of theft century - the Van Gogh painting "Poppies" not found

Stolen Saturday from Cairo museum painting of the famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh's "Poppy" worth more than $ 50 million, contrary to statements made earlier, is still not found, not arrested and her kidnappers, said Sunday in an interview with Egyptian television ministerculture of Egypt Farouk Hosni, reports RIA "Novosti".Stolen on Saturday from Cairo museum painting of the famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh's "Poppy" worth more than $ 50 million, contrary to statements made earlier, is still not found, not arrested and her kidnappers, said Sunday in an interview with Egyptian television, Egypt's Culture Minister FaroukHosni, reports RIA "Novosti".

"Crime of the Century" was carried out on Saturday morning: a priceless painting "Poppies", which was exhibited at the Museum of Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil in Cairo, disappeared from the museum hall.Loss discovered at about 13:00 (14:00 MSK) museum staff.

According to the Ministry of Culture, a statement about the discovery was the result of a pictu

re spread erroneous information one of the Ministry officials."Urgent message about the capture of criminals and detecting pattern was first broadcast on state radio, followed by an official of our ministry reported this information to me we were not able to promptly contact with the head of the Interior Ministry to check the information, but found it possible to spread the news to the media." - Said Hosni.

The preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the disappearance of the painting museum, located in a residential area Dokki on the left bank of the Nile, had time to visit a total of nine people, including two Italian nationals, two Russians, Spaniards and four Egyptian student.Upon learning of the theft, the museum staff immediately searched were in the time of the Spanish and Russian visitors in the building, and police rushed to search for the Italians, who were found on Saturday evening at the international airport.They were detained for inspection of personal belongings until their fate is unknown.

According to investigators, checking cameras installed in the museum CCTV has given nothing - machinery was installed 15 years ago, and the Museum Security Service, for unclear reasons, it does not use for a long time.

Egyptian forces policing blocked all land, sea and air ports to prevent the export of priceless paintings.Proper investigation of theft and the beginning of the Ministry of Culture of Egypt.

painting by Van Gogh "Poppies", or "Vase with Flowers", was exhibited along with works by Monet, Renoir and Degas, in a private museum Mahmoud Khalil, a prominent political figure of 30-ies of the last century, brought together the largest in the Middle East collectionEuropean art XIX - XX centuries, and bequeathed it to the state.The collection was exhibited at the Khalil family house, which became a museum after his death.

noteworthy that "Macs" have been abducted from a museum in 1978.To return the picture it took ten years.