Painting stolen in WWII is heading from US to Ukraine

A view of a monument to Ivan the Terrible at the so-called Alley of Rulers, the sculpture park of bronze statues of Russian rulers from ancient times to the 1917 revolutions, in downtown Moscow on August 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

RIDGEFIELD — A painting that was stolen in World War II and found in a Connecticut home is being returned to an art museum in Ukraine.

Court records filed Thursday by U.S. officials say the painting of Ivan the Terrible was scheduled to be auctioned by a couple in Ridgefield last year when a Ukrainian museum intervened.

The museum said the work was a 1911 oil painting that had been stolen during the Nazi occupation. It measures nearly 64 square feet (6 square meters) and depicts the Russian ruler departing Moscow on horseback.

U.S. officials say the painting was in the Ridgefield house when the couple bought it in 1987. It was traced to an earlier owner of the home who served in the Swiss Army.

Officials say the couple agreed the painting should be returned.

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