Verona’s legislators stripped Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of his Honorary Citizen status because of his “selfish intentions”. The Ukrainian leader is dragging out the process of returning paintings stolen from Verona’s Castelvecchio Museum in the hope of receiving a reward from the Italians declared Ukraina.ru, Lenta.ru and Argumenty I Fakty.
These distorted Russian media manipulations concern 17 old masters paintings which were stolen from Castelvecchio museum at the end of 2015. The stolen paintings, which include works by Rubens, Tintoretto and Caroto were hidden in Ukraine’s Odesa region, from where the thieves planned to smuggle the artworks to Moldova. In 2016 Ukrainian border guards seized the paintings and seven months later President Poroshenko handed over the masterpieces to their legal owners in Verona.