The BBC reports that German police have succeeded in halting an art forgery operation
Police have arrested two suspects alleged to be leaders of a group of six
A series of searches were carried out at art galleries, businesses and homes
in six German cities, as well as Israel and Switzerland.
Since 2005 the ring is believed to have produced and sold more than 400 faked
They were passed off as "previously unknown" works by such Russian avant
garde artists as Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova and
The police say they were sold for sums ranging from thousands to hundreds of
thousands of euros.
The arrested men, aged 41 and 67 respectively, are accused of selling forged
artworks to customers in Germany and Spain for a total of more than £1.5m (1,7m
euros) over the past two years.
The suspected counterfeiters are thought to be of Russian, Israeli and