Man says he drank vodka in on-site cafe before damaging masterpiece with a metal pole

One of Russia’s leading art galleries said it would try to stop the sale of alcohol on its premises after a man attacked a masterpiece with a metal pole after drinking vodka.

The incident at Moscow’s State Tretyakov gallery on Friday caused serious damage to one of the country’s most famous paintings, which depicts Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son in 1581, and raised awkward questions about how Russia protects its historical and cultural artefacts.

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