Finland Seizes $46 Million Worth Of Russian Artworks

The Washington Post reports:

Finnish Customs has seized artwork en route to Russia as part of sanctions imposed by the European Union. The paintings, sculptures and antiquities are worth 42 million euros ($46 million), the agency said.

Finnish Customs stopped three shipments headed to Russia at the Vaalimaa border crossing, the agency said in a news release. The artwork was on loan from Russia to museums and galleries in Japan and Italy.

“Finnish Customs will keep the art seized while they are needed for investigation as evidence. What happens next will depend on the outcome of the investigation,” Sami Rakshit, director of Finnish Customs’ Enforcement Department, said.

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