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Thieves Loot Marshal Kutuzov Museum

August 9, 1995

MOSCOW (AP) _ Thieves broke into a museum and stole the uniform, medals and swords of Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, the commander who defeated Napoleon in 1812 and was immortalized in Tolstoy’s ``War and Peace.″

Newspapers said Wednesday that the thieves made off with almost 200 rare 19th-century exhibits from the Kutuzov museum in central Moscow, including the commander’s flintlock pistols inlaid with gold and precious stones.

The thieves broke in through an attic window, and police suspect they knew the alarm system had been switched off for repairs, the Segodnya and Moskovsky Komsomolets newspapers said.

But they also took cassette tapes usually given out to visitors, indicating they may have known little about what they were stealing.

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