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"Museum Insiders Behind Massive $250M Turkish Art Heist"

“The revelation was made by an anonymous antique dealer calling himself ‘daylight.’ Phoning the Turkish culture minister Ertuğrul Günay, he claimed he was approached by ringleader Ahmet Sarı, allegedly enlisted by the museum’s female deputy director to sell authentic works in the museum’s collection. Sarı wanted ‘daylight’ to participate in the plan, which replaced 46 of the museum’s holdings with forgeries created at the Aivazovsky Painting Academy in the Crimea. It also removed scores of others.”