Cultural values found in the international mail stayed in Transcarpathia
Ignorance of the law does not eliminate the responsibility. Thus, two criminal proceedings into the smuggling of cultural property at the checkpoint "Chop-railway" of the Transcarpathian customs office were closed. But yesterday, April 1, reports on violation of customs regulations were drawn up against the citizens of Ukraine, and cultural values were confiscated.
The Office of the Security Service of Ukriane in Transcarpathian region notified the customs office that the criminal proceedings had been closed.
The violations were recorded last year, one - in May, and another one - in September.
The first case: in one of the international mail deliveries from Ukraine to the Czech Republic, an old book published in 1905 was found, and in the second case, the engraving "Palanka Superioris Hungaria ciuitas" of 1542 - 1600 was found in a delivery to Slovakia.
In order to find out whether the detected items have cultural value, the customs office sent request for examination to the Transcarpathian Regional Museum. For a more accurate determination of the origin of the engraving, a letter was sent to the National Museum of History of Ukraine in Kyiv.
The experts clearly established: both the book, and the engraving had cultural values. Furthermore, the engraving "PALANKA Superioris Hungaria ciuitas" (Palanka highland city of Hungary) from the atlas "Civitates Orbis Terrarum" may be included in the Museum Fund of Ukraine.
At the time of the customs control of the international mail, both in the first and in the second case, the citizens had no permits.
Thus, the citizens of Ukraine tried to illegally send cultural values across the customs border of Ukraine in international mail. Such their actions have signs of violation of customs regulations stipulated in Article 473 of the Customs Code of Ukraine.