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Ukrain Says Hlushchenko Paintings Missing From Cabinet

Two paintings by Mykola Hlushchenko, which were given to the Ukrainian government to hang in the Cabinet building in 2001, are missing and were replaced by forgeries, the National Art Museum said.

The Kiev, Ukraine-based institute, which had lent the paintings to the government of former President Leonid Kuchma, urged authorities to open a criminal probe after it turned out the art works hanging on display were copies, it said in a statement on its website today. The disappearance was first made public by museum officials on March 29, prompting tests to verify the claim.