Archaeological and Church Theft in Macedonia

The Interior Ministry reported that in a 12 year period ranging from 2001 to 2013, nearly 800 churches and 53 mosques in Macedonia have been robbed by thieves taking religious and archaeological relics. In the first four months of 2013 alone, law enforcement reported nearly 40 churches having items stolen from their property.

(Additional religious artifact theft and looting.)

Source:  Aleksandar Pavelvski, “Macedonia Police Deal Blow To Organized Crime And Artifact Theft,” Eurasia Review, May 10, 2013.