The art market in Russia will develop slowly. Collecting is very slow and will continue to do so because there is no tradition of collecting. There is no fall back or anyone to look up to for guidance. Private collecting is considered the responsibility of museums. We have a negative association with art collectors because they evoke an image of a thief and forger. This is compounded by the fact that there are few galleries, and the government does not help with the legal side.
Nesavisimaya Gazeta, article: "Not cool to collect"