You probably couldn't find a lover of art with more respect for global culture than Gordon Lankton, the founder and long-time top executive at Nypro Inc. But according to the Worcester, Mass., Telegram & Gazette, Lankton is now caught in the middle of a dispute with someone in the Russian government. The result is the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass. -- a labor of love for Lankton -- must immediately return 37 icons and artifacts that have been on loan. Russia's dispute is not with Lankton. No one is implying that he did anything wrong, or that he needs to return his own personal collection of icons. According to the Telegram & Gazette's story, Lankton just happens to be caught in the crossfire of a 250-year-old dispute about an unrelated collection of Jewish books and documents. "This is unrelated to anything said or done by the Museum of Russian Icons," Lankton told the newspaper. This is a setback for the museum, but certainly not a fatal blow. By all accounts the museum is a critical success, and Lankton's own collection of icons has received extremely high praise from art experts.
Russia to Lankton: Send the icons home
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