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15 February 2011 

 
Art World Shocked As Picasso, Rembrandt Paintings Found In Raid On Illegal Gambling Venue
 
It must send shivers down the spine of art collectors when news
emerges that priceless art works are found in a police raid on an
illegal gambling house.
 
Today in Moscow, the Federal Security Agency released details of
how a Pablo Picasso and a Rembrandt paint were found among a number of
documents, all of which once belonging to former Russia tycoon, Boris
Berezovsky.
 
To date there has been no information on the condition of the
paintings, no-one knows if there is any damage or if the works were
treated as the unreplaceable objects and then will they be handed over
to a museum, will they be lost in police vaults forever?  
 
The raid occurred in central Moscow as the Russian Government vows to crack down on crime syndicates and illegal gambling.
 
It’s been an issue of concern for Prim Minister Vladimir Putin who
has called for casino’s to be closed to reduce the problems associated
with gambling addictions.  It’s believed that at least 3% of the Russian
population are classed as problem gamblers.

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