Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Gutenberg Bible heist

The Military Collegium of the Russian Federation Supreme Court has affirmed the sentences of three ex-officers (a former colonel, major and captain) of the Federal Security Service (FSB) for stealing and attempting to fence two volumes of the Gutenberg Bible. The 15th century tomes were stolen from the Moscow State University Research Library, according to this account from the Russian Legal Information Agency.

Query: why shouldn't these offenses have been tried in the ordinary civilian courts?

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