What You Need To Know:
✅ Dutch Golden Age paintings were stolen from a Netherlands museum ten years ago;
✅ In 2015, they turned up in Ukraine;
✅ The international smuggling ring that stole the paintings has ties to top Ukrainian officials;
✅ Journalists from Hromadske's investigative unit, Slidstvo Info looked into the case.
The story begins ten years ago with the robbery of a museum in a small Dutch city named Hoorn. But the news only broke out in 2015. Suddenly, Ukraine became the focal point of an international scandal.
At the beginning of December 2015, the management of the Westfries Museum held a press conference to announce that the stolen paintings are now in the hands of Ukrainian military units. Moreover, well-known Ukrainian politicians are allegedly involved in this case.
Slidstvo.info's journalist Lyubomyr Ferens went to Netherlands to sort out this story. The investigation brings him back to Ukraine where he tracks down the paintings.
Slidstvo.info is an independent project of journalistic investigations of Hromadske.tv.
Lyubomyr Ferrens, a Slidstvo journalist, spoke with Hromadske on February 26th, 2016 in Kyiv.