Belarus KGB detains organised group selling ‘works of art from Yanukovych’s residence’

The State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus has stopped illegal activities of a criminal group stating they had pictures from Viktor Yanukovych’s residence’and offering them for sale, the KGB press office reports.

According to the members of the group, the pictures were painted by world-famous Claude Monet, Vincent Van Hogh, Edvard Munch, Konstantin Yuon, Wassily Kandinsky and once belonged to Ukraine’s ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, but neither statement is true. Their authors have not been identified yet.

A price of 2 mln euros was set for five pictures.

At the moment the pictures are being examined by art experts: investigators are to define their actual cost and estimate their art, historical and cultural value. The works are valuable, the experts say, but they were significantly overpriced.

The KGB has opened a criminal case under Article 233 of the Belarusian Criminal Code (illegal entrepreneurial activity) against the suspected persons.

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