Artful dodgers: What links an Israeli mystery man to the international trade in fake Russian paintings?
The recent arrest of a local art dealer in Germany is expected to shed light on Israeli connections to the lucrative international market for counterfeit art.
Detectives from the Israel Police’s International and Serious Crimes Unit thought it was a mistake at first. For several weeks in 2011 they had been listening to wiretaps of members of a major crime organization, key targets of the Israel Police. But instead of obtaining information about drug shipments, hired hitmen and weapons − they kept hearing talk about “the treasure.” And not just any...
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