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Rules for the export of cultural property from the territory of the Russian Federation (Law on the Export of Cultural Property)

Information on the rules for the export of cultural property from the territory of the Russian Federation (Law on the Export of Cultural Property)

In accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of state control over the export and import of cultural property, the export of cultural property is carried out on the basis of an authorization document drawn up by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

To obtain permission to export cultural property, the owner of the cultural property or his authorized representative must contact the territorial body of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and submit an appropriate application with the following documents attached to it:

  • a list with a description of cultural property with the number of items more than two (in 3 copies);
  • three color photographs of each cultural value (at least 8 X 12 cm in size) (photographs are not required for the export of archival documents, print media, philately, numismatics, bonistics and faleristics);
  • certified copies of documents (with the presentation of originals) confirming the ownership of the cultural property declared for export (if any);
  • copies of documents confirming the value of cultural property (if any);
  • copies of identification documents, or a copy of a document confirming the fact of making a record of a legal entity in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities.

Items declared for export are subject to compulsory, state-paid expert examination, in the manner established by the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of April 27, 2001 No. 322 “On approval of the Regulation on the examination and control of the export of cultural property ”.

The results of the examination are the basis for the adoption by the territorial body of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation of a decision on the possibility or impossibility of exporting cultural property from the territory of the Russian Federation.

If a decision is made on the impossibility of exporting declared cultural property from the territory of the Russian Federation, this decision shall be communicated to the applicant in writing within 30 days.

Concerning the export and import of cultural property, please contact:

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

Address : 109074, Moscow, Kitaygorodsky pr., 7/2
Contacts : +7 (495) 628-50-89 info@mkrf.ru
Work mode :
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 18:00
Friday: 9:00 - 16:45
Saturday, Sunday: day off.
Expedition Hours :
Monday - Thursday: 10: 00-18: 00,
Friday: 10: 00-16: 45,
Saturday, Sunday: day off.