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Vitaly Mushketov was a teacher of the arts and dedicated employee of
the Smolensk Museum, who collaborated with the German occupying forces
for the sake of cataloguing the exhibits that were being looted (see
Vladimir Kovalev, www.lostart.ru/press/555.html).
part of the museum collection that was evacuated upon the taking of
Vilnius by the Soviet Army, but unfortunately during the evacuation of
Vilnius, he was removed from the further packaging and transportation
of exhibits and managed to find only the approximate route taken.
copious cataloging notes came into Soviet hands after the war, and
helped to discern the fate of many of the looted exhibits. However,
while several artists' dictionaries and sources list Mushketov's date
of death as 1945, it would be interesting to know if that can be
corroborated by records, or if, as Kovalev notes, Mushketov's
whereabouts were unknown after the German evacuation from Vilnius.
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