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were to. after the liberation of paris he found a plane to recuperate his patrimony. the documentation is contained in this box it was here in the paris archives that we found a document that referred to the quest of mr oscar stettner for his stolen paint. the information that we found was that oscar stettner had been despoiled of a number of personal items carpet for example a portrait of him as a young man and also a painting by mostly any. and important painting that was looted from mr stener during the war. the canadian detective began his investigation he discovered that the antiques dealer staton or had made his claim for restitution in one thousand nine hundred six but well before the liberation the painting had
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already been sold by they've usually authorities. for the sum of sixteen thousand francs since then it disappeared. particularly because its description is so vague. the document only indicated that it was a painting signed by do jani portrait of a man. the detective had no idea what the painting looked like. he had to find a photo of it at all costs. by consulting papers kept in the paris archives james palmer came across a clue this telegram. it states that staten or had sent the model jani to the venice biennale of one nine hundred thirty. i travelled to venice personally and went into the archives there and to the venice be anally archives i saw mr stettner spray painting. in a photograph. james palmer was delighted he'd found it. this
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photo taken at the one nine hundred thirty venice biennale shows twelve paintings on the wall of the room dedicated to. ten portraits of women and two of men. the one on the right was already identified and well known. the painting in the middle however the one of a seated man is more mysterious. so now you've got reference to mr stener owning the painting you've got reference to portrait of a man. and you have a photograph that's the exact same painting that is now illustrated or described as the seated man. finally james palmer knew what the painting looked like. but where had it gone he searched everywhere activated his contacts toured the auction rooms archives and museums. and after
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a few weeks ago. he found a trace of the painting here in london in the catalogue an auction held at christie's in one thousand nine hundred six. the painting was entitled seated man with a cane. but who owned it. it was acquired by a shell company based in panama international arts center whose registration document is seen here. its rightful owner is a name. and yet palmer refused to give up and finally discovered another lead to finding the true owners. over the years the work appeared in a number of catalogs. and every time alongside the name of one of the most prestigious galleries in the world the helina mod gallery in new york run by the daughter of the family patriarch we ran into at art basel.
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james palmer decided to write to our. american myths one is the melting pot and the second is the radio alger myth of of the bootstrapping of anyone can succeed in america the works are so this is a whole group of people all generation in america is saying that there is no melting pot we're not being assimilated there's no opportunities we can't live so their response especially is to go into conflict and this is a major conflict. well you know the fire is big kind of adopted because we were called pirates for so long . i've been there in the small boats next to the hard pool of ships and it's.
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not beyond. the level of filth to be told fish already ninety percent of the dot and it won't get connor. yukon to fifteen scoops seventy five tons to do it several times a day with a big screen oh you get an idea right. we have to understand we cannot stay still and just. be witness of the deal for you because. i'm doing this because i want the future world to the future can generations to have out and enjoy the ocean we have. to.
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well the lawyers for our client contacted. the hell. out of new york. and they were ignored. which is not right it's not proper so i think after about a month or so they wrote him again and again they were ignored and eventually there was a response and the response was essentially you are suing the wrong people you should be suing the international art center and we have nothing to do with that. james
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palmer was not taken in by her response. he filed a lawsuit against the health gallery in new york. but once again the lawyers denied the family were the owners of the painting. here is their statement to the court in new york. international arts center and nobody else not the head gallery nor david that bought the painting at an auction held at christie's. things stopped dead there until two thousand and fifteen and the leaking of the panama papers extraordinary. a document published by the journalists revealed that behind the panamanian company international art center was the renowned art dealer david. so he was a shareholder of the company that owns the painting despite his constant denials.
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the detective had scored a point. and now he just had to find out where seated man was in storage he had a bright idea maybe it was in the geneva freeport where the number of family kept the major part of its collection. the swiss judiciary issued a search warrant for the nomads storerooms in april two thousand and sixteen and discovered the holy grail the much sought after painting. it's hard to say if it was hidden or not but it was kept very discreetly in the freeport where there are the nomad family are estimated to have of both three to four billion dollars worth of art or about four and a half thousand works of art in their little room in a freeport. painting claimed to have been looted was well and truly in the storeroom in the freeport
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a revelation that caused an uproar. the heirs of the antique dealer stettner have now filed a claim for the restitution of the painting we contacted the no months after several attempts they finally agreed to open up their store room at the geneva freeport and to show us the painting in an exhibition room. we would never meet the art dealers themselves but they did accord us an exclusive uing of the painting a very solemn moment. the work was handled with great precaution it is estimated at about twenty million dollars today. the family swiss lawyer would tell us their version of the story. is about their money. make a set that blew up and i laugh i mean i'm at peace and on
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a. fact. internationally. torn is a on the economy going to action therefore if i mean a mad. game. to clear his client's even further blow or even raise. has doubts that the painting ever belonged to the jewish antiques dealer stetson or. mr states and yet they. they don't seem to be. given these. is extra. what. the. in physically explicit. scene. i mean by. this. we had only
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a few minutes to film the painting. but as the handlers turned the work around we happened to film something on the back that we only noticed later this label from the one nine hundred thirty venice biennale. the owner's name had been crudely erased. and it looks like that of stanton or. a clue to which the detective never had access and which could be crucial for the next stage of his investigation. the canadian detective is convinced the geneva freeport could be housing other works of dubious origin. well i think there's a high probability that many other paintings in the freeport were probably looted and probably rest there today that have not seen the light of day for many decades
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and i believe they're there and i think that it would be very interesting if the public were made aware or at least the art industry were made aware of what those paintings are so so that you know if the prosecutor's office is what's on it for example were to provide. us with information on all those paintings we could pretty quickly tell them which ones were store pretty quickly. for the swiss art dealers lawyer there's no point in dreaming no one will know for years what's really stored in the freeport. me little as i am not happy. it's all false they say. they will save us you know that means. so. our french customs investigator is of the same opinion even if he is on the other side of the fence. people following of them
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also region if. your company at all didn't fall says we in oman to be on a softer you the hall is. doing is aside the so. awful i can. reproduce it don't. just. give us the whole supper related all the actual south and diskettes because in the discussion. in geneva the mood yani case hit the headlines. the freeport authorities quickly became concerned about bad publicity. so in june two thousand and sixteen they called an emergency press conference. all representatives of the main swiss media as were invited. was a. little. cameo started. on the floor with the
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president of the geneva freeport and his general secretary. both men seemed self-conscious rejecting all responsibility regarding the supposed owner of the painting david no money. made she said if you always do it the more exact. what i mean shows is that group of us to this little blue bird all over with all this love for you didn't see it and got to visit in the. us is. also got all slew of also where that was used as a notice there were that all. of us also. read up with it the dishes such as restore. the fish the moss your who. they all took was
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a also promote it there is more as far as d.j.'s soldiers go the distance are to go . but what other secrets are really hidden in the freeport. in switzerland some official authorities have become extremely concerned we managed to obtain this report from the swiss federal audit office it unequivocally denounces the opaqueness of the geneva freeport. irregularities regarding inventories and absence of traceability of merchandise. errors in stock accountancy and recurrent problems which occur during controls. our french customs officer includes laxity on the part of the swiss administrators that oversee business conducted in the freeport. zero point six.
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is a nice house from previously ordered to more talking all. of us from a. source just took is risky saw the events are in your memory called. lonely but you don't remember. need mom was just saucy it don't say but don't i mean complete paul it does trees leboeuf why. they don't play for money to. make. in response to widespread criticism the recently appointed president of the geneva freeport a magistrate known for his integrity is supposedly fighting the good fight for much stricter regulations. for the.
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new schemes with. the need. to. feel more. cautious and. this man is aware that there is still a long way to go. but having agreed to make concessions on its banking secrecy will switzerland also finally agree to open the doors of the world's biggest safe. this baby and. say this on march eighteenth vote with your remote
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to zante for special coverage of the russian presidential election exit polls opinions real time results monitoring and much more. this is. a church secret indeed catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children can get away with it quite literally i like to call this to do a graphic solution so what the bishop needs to do then he finds out that the priest is is a perpetrator is simply moves him to a different spot were the previous standards not the highest ranks of the catholic church help conceal the accused priests from the police and justice system to that end if that's not going to sci intent then i think you'll hear that it used to.
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join me every thursday on the alex salmond show and i'll be speaking to guests of the world of politics sports business i'm show business i'll see you then. the far right. isn't just on the march it's taking violent. action. which will usually split into which we take different names how do you view the. complex web of.
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international millions of. millions of voters still yet to do so for russia's presidential election twenty eight this is a. break on the election coverage right here in the center. also in the news today nearly seventy thousand people flee the syrian enclave. through government organized evacuation routes. and then other. officials rush to blame for the poisoning of.
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international law over its refusal to even cooperate in the probe. this is how red square looks right now it's a beautiful sunny sunday the eighteenth of march it may be spring but it has been a bit nippy this morning which started at about minus ninety and it's worked up a bit since then but
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a perfect day in this time zone at least there are eleven to cover in russia for the presidential election twenty eighty welcome from a kind of break with your coverage live from red square and coming in we have the best seats in the house we've got the front row seats as we bring you all the latest from the voting and election silence has been in effect all weekend that means campaigning as well as news coverage of the candidates and manifestos is now . so until the polls close completely on sunday evening we won't be able to give you much information about those buying the russian leadership members of the sun i was also in seoul the polls close but what we can tell you is that almost all the candidates have now already cost that ballots there are some highlights from about to. go well.
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thank you thank you. for the first. most of those i counted it's turning out pretty early as well this morning to cost votes and in terms of trying to get all the votes collected and counted it's no mean feat in this country beyond some of the votes have been literally out of this world one russian cosmonaut in orbit got the chance to vote which of a president he wants to see in the kremlin having selected a personal before casting his ballot so i think it's at least safe to say they'll be international space station turnout there has been a hundred percent confident that they'll be able to get a glimpse of the many ethnic groups across russia but some taking a lighter approach to causing that ballots these are very in the east of the
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country a period of telling stations in traditional costume beautiful you can see on the screen and even perform special dances outside the thieves meanwhile these nights made that choice for president in st petersburg. more than one hundred million people took place this year for seven million of them it's the first time casting a ballot for president now before the election we spoke with a number of people of voters from all walks of life nationwide about their expectations ahead of this big day.
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for the church of. the world you're going to lose some of what's. well fortunately the social obviously was not yet law schools that were just started. there was. you just what i want to. deal with. their boots up to the filter please sir jump in there's nobody in the dragons to grow the business but this some muslims in the most radical purple start to discuss their projects i've got a pretty hard see if that actually scared us because a pretty it's a problem for some of the loose interest of the site at the top the power to.
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do what i ask them when i would have the stories in the news i mean it was news and all stars are well looked at us and i started seeing. them putting on some. percentage will come up with the it's easy to assume the. top scientists are the most sustainable so. i'll go with one of the families of the muppets most of the stupidity in the sense of the stuff. was of the sons of the. schoolteachers it was. still a lot of these numbers for the pseudo studies used to be on the look at all the switches. but not all russian citizens got the chance to vote says camp is a blocking russians from costing that bought it at the embassy and other diplomatic
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compounds across ukraine tri-care announced the move on saturday in protest over russians voting in crimea ukraine considers the election there to be illegal what it describes as the annexation of the financial left by russia aside from developments in ukraine the fighting has gone off pretty much without a hitch both at home and to pull it out of the head of the senate. the election commission says there was an unsuccessful attempt at cyber attack on the commission website now asked for keeping watch on what's happening record number of foreign observers are present to this year's election for more than fifteen hundred of them who for registered to watch or of what's happening in polling stations nationwide as well as those more than one hundred forty thousand observers from within russia you don't need to be at the polls to see what's happening do you call and you can watch the voting process from the comfort of your own hands as it falls majority of piling stations are equipped with cameras streaming everything online. activists
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are using them to any possible violations one incident in the far east has already drawn some attention i don't know just the ballots inside the box before the first vote is arrived however officials clarify the situation they noticed they were caused by police officers and members of the election commission working out the site. to be able to do that before they were in the monitoring what's happening out there is polling stations now at seven ten am moscow time that is just over sixteen percent that's according to russia's central election commission and it was about sixty million voters so roughly that about so he said more than one hundred million registered to vote which is still quite a few to get only we will keep up to date with those numbers and we are keeping a close eye on the place and throughout the day and day there's no evidence of the seven hours also still the final voting booths close in the far western reaches of the russian federation to see myself as we pack with another update in the next
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hour you're watching. it's good to have you with us today thousands of people are expected to flee the militant controlled syrian enclave of eastern ghouta on sunday nearly seventy thousand civilians have already left the area through russia sponsored evacuation routes since the army lost its operation against militants a region near damascus has seen by its biggest exodus of civilians. actually. and they need it out there as is of civilians are living good right now by the humanitarian character you can see behind me and the passage has been recently opened by syrian forces it's allowing crowds of civilians may of them are children
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to leave them battle area. terrorists use people as human shields they wouldn't let us fully they hid behind our backs. a father got lost while we were on our way here we don't know where he's we were shot at we don't know which way to go. i don't remember the last time i ate we didn't have food in our village the militants took everything to humanitarian convoys delivered even can.


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