Founder of Russian Icons Museum dies in helicopter crash in Greece  

Founder of Russian Icons Museum dies in helicopter crash in Greece
Mikhail Abramov

The rented aircraft hit the power transmission cables near the Poros Island.

Founder of the Museum of Russian Icons Mikhail Abramov died during a helicopter crash near the Poros Island in Greece. This was reported by a director of the Scientific Center for the Western Christian Culture Aleksey Lidov on his Facebook page.

“While being a major businessman and constructor, Misha considered the Museum his number one offspring and invested a lot of money in it. He truly believed that was because of the Museum why his other practices were going on well, too. He was a real philanthropist - Tretyakovs and Shchukins kind of. He loved life in all its forms. He died the way he lived - in a blink of an eye, in a beautiful sea near the even lovelier island,” Lidov wrote.

Mikhail Abramov had studied and collected ancient icons since 2003. In 2006, he founded the first Museum of Russian Icons in Moscow. At the present time, there are thousand archive documents in his exhibition.

Agusta A.109 helicopter with Abramov, a Russian Davel Akolinin, and a Greek pilot Nikos Karistinos aboard crashed in the Saronic Gulf on August 20. The rented aircraft hit the power transmission cables and crashed near the Poros Island. Everyone who was aboard died.

Newsbomb web site posted a video of the crash of the helicopter. The recording features the sound of the crash; then, smoke appears, and the helicopter falls into water.

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