Museum in the Netherlands has been accusing the Ukrainian nationalists of commissioners and political elite of Ukraine in the sale of stolen paintings from the Museum. About this informs.
in 2005 the westfries Museum in Hoorn was stolen 24 paintings by Dutch artists of the XVII-XVIII centuries, And among them are the works of Jan van Goyen, Hendrick Bogert, Floris van Shuten and Jacob Wabana. The total value of the paintings is about 10 million euros.
on the first day of the week the Museum that the painting was discovered in Ukraine in July this year. Members of Ukrainian volunteer battalion " OUN " contacted the Dutch Embassy in Kiev and told that the pictures are they showing a photo of one of the paintings in the form of a confirmation. Men demanded 50 million euros for the return of the paintings.
The Museum was named a key figure in this scheme, the Deputy commander " OUN " Boris Gumenyuk. Also, according to the investigation, on the side of the bandits are the leader of the nationalist party "Freedom" Oleg Tyahnybok and former head of the SBU Valentyn Nalyvaychenko.
Museum staff say that they have exhausted diplomatic channels to return the paintings and " stalled "." Our collection is placed in the hands of the bribe takers, in the heart of the Ukrainian political elite. They refuse to give the picture and only want one thing: to make money illegally on our cultural heritage, " said Museum Director Hell Geerdink, quoted.
A specialist in crimes in the sphere of art Arthur Brandt said at a press conference that some paintings, apparently, were sold." First They offered us 24 pictures. Then they became smaller. And now They want to sell us only 12 ", - he said. According to him, in the criminal scheme involved employees of the security service.
the foreign Ministry of the Netherlands said that the Ministry conducts dialogues with the leaders of Ukraine on the issue." I guess They are very serious about this. We will try to ensure that the collection returned to the Museum of West Friesland, " said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the country.