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.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 28, 2019: The theft site of a painting by Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, 'Ai-Petri. Crimea' (1908), in the building of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushensky Lane. Video screen grab/The Russian Internal Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 28, 2019: A suspected thief of a painting by Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, 'Ai-Petri. Crimea' (1908), in the building of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushensky Lane. Video screen grab/The Russian Internal Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 27, 2019: The police outside the Tretyakov Gallery building at Lavrushensky Pereulok Street; a 1890s painting by 19th-century Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, 'Ai-Petri, Crimea', measuring 39 by 53 centimetres, has been stolen from Tretyakov Gallery; according to Moscow police, the painting was stolen by two unknown visitors; 'Ai Petri, Crimea' is from the collections of St Petersburg's Russian Museum and had been brought to Moscow for an exhibition. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)
Russian police officers stand at an entrance of the Tretyakov State Gallery museum in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Russia's ministry of culture has estimated the insurance value of Arkhip Kuindzhi's Ai Petri. Crimea painting that was stolen from the gallery on Sunday at 12 million rubles (some 181,860 US dollars), director of the ministry's museums department Vladislav Kononov told TASS. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 27, 2019: The police seal off an area outside the Tretyakov Gallery building at Lavrushensky Pereulok Street; a 1890s painting by 19th-century Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, 'Ai-Petri, Crimea', measuring 39 by 53 centimetres, has been stolen from Tretyakov Gallery; according to Moscow police, the painting was stolen by two unknown visitors; 'Ai Petri, Crimea' is from the collections of St Petersburg's Russian Museum and had been brought to Moscow for an exhibition. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)
A group of police officer is seen through a glass door at the Tretyakov State Gallery museum in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Russia's ministry of culture has estimated the insurance value of Arkhip Kuindzhi's Ai Petri. Crimea painting that was stolen from the gallery on Sunday at 12 million rubles (some 181,860 US dollars), director of the ministry's museums department Vladislav Kononov told TASS. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - JANUARY 28, 2019: A police officer retrieving a painting by Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, 'Ai-Petri. Crimea' (1908), stolen from the building of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushensky Lane, in a building under construction in the village of Zarechye. Video screen grab/The Russian Internal Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - JANUARY 28, 2019: A painting by Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, 'Ai-Petri. Crimea' (1908), stolen from the building of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushensky Lane, found in a building under construction in the village of Zarechye. Video screen grab/The Russian Internal Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 28, 2019: A suspected thief of a painting by Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, 'Ai-Petri. Crimea' (1908), stolen from the building of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushensky Lane, being detained. Video screen grab/The Russian Internal Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - JANUARY 28, 2019: A suspected thief of a painting by Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, 'Ai-Petri. Crimea' (1908), stolen from the building of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushensky Lane, being detained in the village of Zarechye. Video screen grab/The Russian Internal Ministry/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
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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.

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