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Kathryn Quinn

Valuable paintings on show in the Ukrainian government's headquarters have been secretly swapped for worthless replicas, an investigation has revealed.

The two landscapes - by local artist Mykola Hlushchenkohave and worth more than 100,000 GBP - had been on show in Kiev since 2001.

But art experts cataloguing the government's collection discovered the paintings currently on show are copies painted as recently as five years ago.

"Chemical tests have shown that both paintings are replicas of Hlushchenko's works," said a spokesman for the Culture Ministry.




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