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The culprit, 37-year-old Igor Podporin, somehow managed to get past a group of gallery employees, pick up a metal security pole and deal several blows before getting caught.>>
I don't drink vodka. I was just overwhelmed.>> The painting by renowned Russian realist Ilya Repin shows Russia's 16th century ruler Ivan the Terrible cradling his dead son after striking him in the head. It's an historical event which some nationalists deny. Some Russian media say Podporin had attacked the painting because he thought its depiction of history was inaccurate.
The canvas was slashed in three places in the attack and the frame was badly damaged. But the gallery says by a, quote, happy coincidence, the most precious elements of the painting, the faces and the hands, weren't touched.>>