The press service of the Tretyakov Gallery said that the famous painting by Ilya Repin "Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan on November 16, 1581" was completely restored after a vandal attack in 2018. Then its integrity was damaged by 37-year-old resident of the Voronezh region Igor Podporin, who ruined the author's frame, glass and tore the picture in three places. The attacker was detained and sent to a general regime colony for three years. He himself could not explain the motives of the act, assuring that he was “outraged by the content of the picture”, because what is depicted on the canvas does not correspond to reality. The court established the approximate cost of the canvas, it amounted to 1 billion 44 million rubles. The restoration was estimated at another 20 million rubles. When restoring the historical relic, the latest technologies were used, which were used for the first time, now it almost does not differ from the original.
The painting "Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan on November 16, 1581" was painted by Ilya Repin in 1883-1885. Then the gallery owner Pavel Tretyakov bought it for his collection. However, Emperor Alexander III did not like the work, and in April 1885 it was censored and banned from showing. This restriction was soon lifted. In 1913, the 29-year-old Old Believer Abram Balashov attacked the canvas with a knife, cutting the faces of the Tsar and Tsarevich. Repin himself undertook to restore the work of art. The next time the painting was attacked in 2013, when Orthodox activists demanded that it be removed from the gallery, explaining that there was no historical evidence of the murder depicted on the canvas. Today, after four years of restoration, the painting has again taken its place in the Tretyakov Gallery.