Friday, 28 July 2017

Macedonia's Museum Affair Reached Ohrid   
03 March 2014 | A museum in Ohrid was also closed for visits and is about to undergo a thorough search, after 166 precious antiques were reported missing at the end of 2013 from Macedonia's national museum in Skopje.

Last week eight people were arrested over the affair, but police still wouldn't reveal if it has found some of the vanished artifacts during the searches of the suspects' apartments.

The news of the robbery broke in November, when Macedonia's Museum personnel noticed that objects are lacking from some of the collections. The following internal research and police investigation found that the number of vanished artifacts - predominantly golden jewellery from the Late Antiquity period, - is astonishingly high. Police's and Museum's official version is that those were stolen in the course of two years - between the end of 2011 and the end of 2013.

Now the suspects include people from the Museum management and state administration, as well as a goldsmith. The local press announced their names, even if the police formally only released their initials. The media named as suspects some of the greatest authorities in Macedonian archeology.

The Roman ruins at Stobi, where many of the stolen object were found.

One of the public speculations was that of possible replacement of some originals with copies.

The affair seems to be expanding by the day. For now, according to experts' statements, there are four artifacts of extraordinary value amongst the 166 – they are all rare golden earrings. But most of the stolen antiques are of extraordinary value, as they originate from several of the Romani archaeological sites in the country. Many of them were found at the Roman necropolis at Isar-Marvinci.




Macedonia to Open Ten Representative Wine Shops

28 February 2014 | In its efforts to boost the growing local wine industry, the government of Republic of Macedonia announced an ambitious project - to support the establishment of ten representative wine shops in the major towns across the country, and to cover good part of their running costs during the first three years. Full Story

Curiosity Chest

Put on a mask and say a dirty joke in Strumica, Macedonia

25 February 2014 | Next week the vivid carnival of Strumica, Macedonian Republic, will take place. Visitors from Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro are expected to arrive for this unique Balkan event – dressed in eccentric costumes and wearing colorful masks, to take part in the festive procession. Full Story

Useful Reads

Through Another Europe (2009) | Edited by Andrew Hammond

When Henry Blount journeyed through Bosnia in the 1630s, two things struck him: the purity of the water and the great height of the Bosnians, which, he noted, “made me suppose them the offspring of those old Germans noted by Tacitus and Caesar for their huge size.”
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Toshe Proeski’s Posthumous Album Released in Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia

27 January 2008 | The debut English album of Toshe Proseki, Macedonia’s beloved pop singer, was released posthumously on Sunday in order to mark 28 years from his birth.
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