Ancient icons of the 16th-19th centuries, which are objects of cultural value, were exported abroad for a temporary demonstration in the United States. The director of the Museum of Russian Icons signed the relevant papers with the owner of the icons, a citizen of America, to exhibit them at the American representative office of the Museum in the USA. After the expiration of the demonstration of icons abroad, the director of the Museum turned to the owner, but did not receive a response. Elena Knyazeva was charged under Art. 190 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (non-return to the territory of the Russian Federation of cultural property).
As a result of the trial Alexander Zheleznikov and Roman Kobylin, the lawyers at the Zheleznikov & Partners Law Firm, obtained an acquittal for the principal in connection with the absence of corpus delicti in her actions.