Kursk residents demand $30.600 from Finance Ministry for treasure lost by police
The thief of the gold coins was not found, and the criminal case was suspended.
The Leninsky District Court of Kursk got a lawsuit from the residents of Kursk against the Ministry of Finance demanding compensation of 2.1 million rubles ($30.600) for the treasure found and handed over to police representatives who had lost it during transportation. Before transporting 260 gold coins of pre-revolutionary minting, they were placed in the department of Ministry of Internal Affairs in the evidence room. The investigators suspended the criminal case on embezzlement because they did not find the suspects, the court press service reports.
The owner of the house on Ilyich Street in Kursk found treasure when he began the repair. The Kursk resident found a glass bottle with coins under the floor. He passed the finding to the police and hoped to get half the cost of the treasure. By law, a treasure hunter gets a quarter and the owner of the property in which the treasure was found, takes another quarter.
The police took the coins to the State Depository for Precious Metals of Russia to Moscow, but only the package with three wrenches and an office stapler reached the final destination. Kursk investigators initiated a criminal case, which was later suspended.