In an interview with Hong Kong Magazine, Jing Wang, the 28 year old Guangxi-native and new concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, recounts how he was nearly arrested in Russia on suspicion of stealing his own violin.
When I was sixteen years old, I went to Russia to perform with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. I had a Stradivarius—a very expensive instrument—on loan from Europe, but I didn’t declare it when I flew in to Russia. So when I was departing, they asked for the papers issued by the violin shop that loaned it to me. I didn’t have them on me because the shop and I had a very close relationship, so we’d thought it wasn’t necessary. I was stuck at the airport because they thought I was trying to steal the violin from Russia. They brought me to the biggest art museum in Moscow, where the curator proved that my instrument was a real Stradivarius and that it did not belong to Russia.