A case containing the violin was found on a luggage rack in a bus going to Finland
On May 14, the chief of customs in the Russian city of Murmansk, Ivan Kraskulenko, reported the finding of a precious violin made in the early 18th century. The instrument is believed to be have been made by famous violin-maker Antonio Stradivarius.
According to the customs officer, the case containing the violin was found on a luggage rack in a bus going to Finland. While examining the case with witnesses, a maker's mark was discovered inside the case. It was "Antonio Stradivarius, 1713". The find was withdrawn and sent to St. Petersburg for an examination.
A 16-year-old schoolgirl was attempting to take the instrument out of the country. She confessed to her intention as soon as the contraband violin was discovered by customs officers.
Bodies of military personnel with American and Polish chevrons on uniforms were found in Avdiivka, adviser to the head of the Donetsk People's Republic said