Painting recovered after world's most casual art thief caught on camera

Russian police have recovered a painting by prominent artist Arkhip Kuindzhi stolen from a Moscow gallery on Sunday and detained the suspected thief, TASS state news agency said on Monday, citing a police official.

A 31-year-old man told police where he had hidden the painting, according to, Irina Volk, a spokeswoman for the Russian Internal Ministry.

The work, "Ai Petri. Crimea," was painted in 1908 by Kuindzhi, a Russian artist of Greek origin, and depicts a mountain in the Crimea peninsula.

It was stolen from Moscow's Tretyakov art gallery on Sunday.

Kuindzhi's 1881 work 'Birch Grove' was sold at auction house Sotheby's for more than £23m ($3m) in 2008.