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.
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.