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Arts&Culture SATURDAY, 6 November 2010

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Illegal Collections in Bulgaria Number 49,800

Arab Countries and Japan – the new destinations for smugglers


In Bulgaria there are 49,800 private collections of historical value which are not registered, Nikolay Solarov – prosecutor from the Supreme Cassation Prosecution Office announced at a seminar on prevention of traffic of cultural riches. Nikolay Solarov explained that only 200 collections are officially registered; less than 1% of the private collections in Bulgaria have ownership certificates.  
Currently pieces of Bulgarian cultural heritage are smuggled mainly to Arabia Saudi and Japan. Smugglers carry Thracian treasures as some artifacts have been detected even in Australia.
Objects dated back from the Roman times unearthed in Bulgarian archeological sites are usually smuggled to Zurich, Munich or Vienna.

Dessislava Georgieva


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