MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States will repatriate 28 highly valued historic documents stolen from Russian archives in the early 1990s next week, an official spokesman of the US Embassy in Moscow told Russia’s Kommersant daily on Friday.
The documents stolen from the Russian State Historical Archive, the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art and the Russian State Military Archive are scheduled to be returned by US Ambassador John Tefft at his residence on March 3, according to the publication.
The 28 artifacts reportedly date back to the 18th to 20th centuries.
One of the documents includes Joseph Stalin’s March 14, 1944, order to transform an aviation regiment into a separate fleet, deemed highly valuable by the Russian State Military Archive.
The 28 documents were reportedly discovered by the US Department of Homeland Security in its 2006-2012 investigations. According to Kommersant, Washington has repatriated over 150 valuable historical documents smuggled from Russia since 2007.