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Derek Fincham’s Illicit Cultural Property
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- University of Aberdeen will repatriate a Benin bronze to Nigeria
- Art Museum intruders escaped by boat last night in Houston
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David Gill’s Looting Matters
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- UK Government and the Parthenon: Update
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- propagandist fighter Maxim Fomin and the supply of metal detectors by artefact hunters for mine clearing by Russia’s forces in Ukraine
- Destructive Exploitation and care of Cultural Objects and Professional/Public Education for sustainable heritage management (DECOPE)
- a very low estimate of metal-detecting in the United Kingdom, according to the Portable Antiquities Scheme
- loot and forgeries from Eastern Europe on the market in Western Europe, regardless of Russia’s war on Ukraine
- artefact-hunting in drug plantations and by cannabis-cultivators in Ukraine (around 2014)
- attitudes to personal and public health precautions among artefact-hunters amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- human rights worker and anti-imperialist fighter Maksym Butkevych has been captured by Russia’s invading forces
- Russia’s destruction of Ukraine’s cultural property is proof of its intent to commit genocide.
- Russia is subjecting cultural heritage workers and other civilians to the war crime of forced military labour.
- There is a market in Belarus for cultural property that has been stolen from Ukraine, pillaged by Russia’s soldiers and mercenaries.
The Association for Research into Crimes against Art
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- Ukraine very own, "Arsène Lupin" is sentenced to five years in French prison
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- Greek bid to reject Sotheby’s lawsuit over bronze horse rejected
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- The man who’s grandfather’s art was looted by the Nazis
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- Greece’s new Culture Minister
- LBC interview
- Talk in Brussels on Giovanni Battista Lusieri, Elgin’s agent in Athens
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- The continuing campaign for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles
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