Four stolen Dutch seventeenth-century paintings turn up in Ukraine

Vrouw Wereld, by Jacob Waben

Dutch NOS TV reports today that four out of 24 stolen seventeenth-century paintings, for the return of which Ukrainian extreme right paramilitarists tried to blackmail the Dutch government financially, have been rediscovered in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian secret service refused to say how the paintings turned up and in whose hands they were.

According to Geerdink [director of the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, where the paintings, and much silverware, were stolen from] there has been strong political and diplomatic pressure on Ukraine to find and give back the canvases. The four rediscovered paintings will go via Dutch Public Prosecution back to Hoorn. The museum does not know how much time that will take.

Apparently, the overwhelming No vote in the recent Dutch referendum on the Ukrainian-European Union association treaty helped to increase pressure on the Ukrainian secret police to return at least some paintings.

The four paintings include two paintings by Jacob Waben: Vrouw Wereld (Ms World) and The Return of Jephthah.

The other two paintings are (probably) Farmers’ wedding by Hendrick Boogaert; and Kitchen scene by Floris van Schooten.

Kitchen scene, by Floris van Schooten

Twenty other stolen Westfries Museum paintings are still missing.

Update September 2016: here.

BY SUPPORTING the current government in Kiev the British government is supporting division and conflict in that country: here.

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine: here.

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  3. Thursday 7th July 2016

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    THOUSANDS of trade unionists marched through the streets of Ukraine’s capital Kiev yesterday in protest against looming rises in household bills.

    Marchers were furious at higher prices expected in September after the government abolished preferential tariffs for private citizens in April.

    Although it is not clear how steep the rise will be, workers worry that the growing utility bills will eat up their shrinking wages.

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman met protest leaders, pledging to find a compromise.

    Ukraine’s economy has been in decline since the US and EU-backed far-right coup in Kiev that led to civil war with anti-fascists in the east.

    A financial bailout by Western backers of the coup-regime was accompanied by the customary austerity conditions.

    Working-class representation in parliament was curtailed last year when the regime banned the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) from standing in elections.

    Yesterday, the party condemned last week’s arrest of former KPU MP Alla Aleksandrovska in the city of Kharkiv for infringement of territorial integrity of Ukraine — a charge commonly used for those who oppose the war in the Donbass.

    The KPU said it was “dismayed and outraged” that instead of improving the lives of Ukrainians, the government had waged a war against opposition to the “anti-national course of the reformers.”

    “Far-fetched arguments can not justify the arrest Alla Aleksandrovska and persecution for dissent of our comrades,” it said.

    The party demanded her release along with other imprisoned comrades.


  4. Friday 15th July 2015

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    THE International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the Ukrainian government’s ongoing crackdown
    on independent news media yesterday.

    In a letter to the Kiev regime, the IFJ protested at the government’s treatment of independent television channel 3S.TV and its founder Savik Shuster.

    The station was set up last year after Shuster Live, one of Ukraine’s leading current affairs programmes, was effectively banned from virtually all networks and, in one case, pulled from air just 10 minutes before broadcast, the federation said.

    It said 3S.TV, which is funded by donations from small businesses and civil society organisations, had been subjected to persecution after broadcasting a feature on the State Tax Service of Ukraine.

    As part of what the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) called a “fabricated criminal case,” Mr Shuster and his company were subjected to unscheduled tax inspections and his right to work was withdrawn — a decision that the courts subsequently overturned.

    NUJU first secretary Sergiy Tomilenko welcomed the courts’ decision, saying: “Despite all the criticism, the Savik Shuster platform is the number one political talk show, which gathers pro-government and opposition politicians.”

    IFJ president Philippe Leruth said: “This case is a flagrant violation of the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and independent journalism.

    “Having failed to censor the station and force it off air, the opponents of free speech have now resorted to fabricated tax cases to attempt to silence criticism.”

    The office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights reported yesterday that Kiev’s far-right militias and anti-fascist forces fighting in the eastern Donbass region were carrying out summary executions with “impunity.”


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  7. Wednesday 7th September 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    UKRAINE’S Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko has condemned the Kiev government for handing millions in subsidies to right-wing political parties.

    Ukraine introduces state financing of political groups this week following a decision to do so late last year — despite more than three quarters of Ukrainians opposing the move.

    The legislation is presented by the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption as a bid to reduce the influence of super-rich donors over the political process.

    But Mr Symonenko said it did the opposite, “pulling from the state budget — that is, from the pockets of ordinary citizens — almost 400 million hryvnia (£11m) and shifting it to the pockets of oligarchs through the financing of nationalist and militarist parties.”

    Funding is calculated based on the results of the October 2014 elections, meaning former prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front will receive more than £3m in public funds despite languishing at between 1 and 2 per cent in the polls.

    So will President Petro Poroshenko’s Poroshenko Bloc, which is also now polling in single figures as a wave of asset-stripping and deregulating reforms laid down in the country’s EU association agreement are driving down wages while prices soar.

    “400m hryvnia could heal, feed and rescue people in need, could go to the repair of schools and provide hot meals for schoolchildren.

    “Instead the money will be used for the maintenance of war parties, to promote violence and hatred and to pay the private armies of the oligarchs,” Mr Symonenko lamented.


  8. Reconciliation instead of repression

    Many personalities including members of parliament have signed a statement in support of the democratic forces in Ukraine under persecution:

    We are seriously concerned about the facts of the systematic pressure on the opposition in Ukraine.

    On September 4th, right-wing radicals had the attacked “Inter” TV channel. The channel’s office was burned by nationalists, only the miracle helped to avoid human casualties. Threats of physical violence are coming against journalists and editors of “NewsOne” channel. In fact, all of the independent media are facing direct violence or the threat of violence from nationalist organizations.

    We are also very concerned about information that right-wing radicals are controlled and directed by high-rank Ukrainian state officials and leadership of law enforcement authorities. Attacks on the media synchronized with the pressure of the authorities on the opposition leaders.

    Alla Alexandrovska, a 68 year old former MP of the Communist Party is still imprisoned in the city of Kharkiv. Оne of the leaders of the parliamentary opposition Vadim Novinsky faced with threats of criminal prosecution soon after he tried to stop attempts of the authorities to interfere in the affairs of the Orthodox Church.

    Today, Ukraine needs national reconciliation, not confrontation and witch-hunt.

    We call on the leadership of Ukraine unswervingly adhere to the principles of political pluralism, respect for the independence of the media and the rights of the opposition.

    First endorsers:

    * Inge Höger, MP Die Linke
    * Ulla Jelpke, MP Die Linke
    * Alexander Neu, MP Die Linke
    * Karin Binder, MP Die Linke
    * Jürgen Aust, member leading body Die Linke North Rhine-Westphalia
    * Thomas Zmrzly, activist, Duisburg
    * Thomas Schmidt, Vice President ELDH European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Right, German section: Association of Democratic Lawyers
    * Sylvia Gabelmann, scientific staff for Dr. Alexander S. Neu MB Die Linke
    * Harri Grünberg, member leading body Die Linke
    * Rainer Rupp, Journalist
    * Heinrich Bücker, Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin

    * Stefano Fassina, former vice finance minister and MP
    * Alfredo D’Attorre, MP Sinistra Italiana
    * Marco Zanni, MEP for Movimento Cinque Stelle
    * Moreno Pasquinelli, Programma 101

    * PD Dr. Gernot Bodner, Assistant Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU Vienna
    * Dr. Leo Gabriel, Scientific director of the Institute for Intercultural Research and Cooperation, Member of the International Council of the World Social Forum, Co-chair of the NGO-Commitee for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, Coordinator of
    * Hermann Dworczak, Austrian Social Forum
    * Dr. Dipl. Ing. Mohamed Aburous, chemist and chairman Austrian-Arab Cultural Centre
    * Imad Garbaya, Tunisian House
    * Wilhelm Langthaler, author and activist
    * Dr. Albert F. Reiterer, docent for sociology, retired
    * Dr. Werner Murgg, member of Styrian regional parliament
    * Martin Mair, Initiative for unemployed

    * Panagiotis Sotiris, member of political secretariat of Popular Unity, Greece
    * Yiannis Rachiotis, ELDH European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Right Greek section Alternative Intervention of Athens Lawyers
    * Antonios Markopoulos, MP Syriza, chairman foreign policy committee of the Greek parliament

    * Jacques Nikonoff, candidate of the Party of Deglobalization (Pardem) at the election of the French Republic

    * Pedro Montes, President Socialismo 21

    To sign:


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