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Aven told, Aven said, Aven accused -

In 2009 an article entitled "The Faking of the Russian Avant-Garde" appeared in the Russian owned magazine Art News. In the article Russian art collector Petr Aven is referred to no less than 10 times. In numerous statements by Aven - he is vociferous in his condemnation of forgeries in the Russian avant garde art market - Aven is a collector of Russian avant garde art. If someone were interested in what kind of person Petr Aven is and what excites his passions, one would need look no further than to analyze statements that he has made to create the dominant narrative of "colossal quantities" (his words) of forged Russian avant grade art. It seems worth noting that in none of the articles in which Mr. Aven voices his consternation is there ever given a single concrete example of an actual proven Russian avant garde forgery, nor is there ever a mention of an accused or convicted forger of Russian avant garde art. 

Mr. Aven, the banker/art, collector whose name appears in numerous articles in which he is an outspoken advocate for the idea that the Russian avant garde art market is "larded" with forgeries also appears 3 times in Christopher Steel's dossier on Donald Trump.

"POST-KGB PIRATE FORGERS"

"I was informed by one high-profile source that the post-KGB forgery industry continues, with practitioners based in ships off the Israeli coast(as well as Germany)". John Helmer, Counterpunch.com. 01/01/15

Below: Linking Petr Aven to the proliferation of questionable factoids is quite easy; In a 2015 article that appeared on the website counterpunch.com author John Helmer inextricably invokes the KGB as possible culprits in forging Russian avant garde art. Mr. Helmer takes his fanciful narrative even further when he states that he "was informed by one high-profile scource” that there are ships off the coasts of Germany and Israel full of forgers of Russian avant garde art.

Of course whose name appears in association with this article - Petr Aven... The same Petr Aven who make an appearance in the Trump Dossier.

SKAMSKY INC.

- German forgers, Israeli forgers, French forgers, Russian mobsters, Russian art experts, Russian art students, Art restorers, Art historians, KGB agents, Western journalists, Western diplomats, Soviet Jews..

FORBES, Skamsky Inc., Heidi Brown. January 15, 2009

In a 2009 article which appeared in FORBES, titled "Skamsky Inc", journalist Heidi Brown reports on the supposed proliferation of forgeries in the Russian avant grade art market. The list of Ms. Brown's possible culprits in this massive deception include - German forgers, Israeli forgers, French forgers, Russian mobsters, Russian art experts, Russian art students, Art restorers, Art historians, KGB agents, Western journalists, Western diplomats, Soviet Jews...

Link to article: Brown, Heidi. "Skamsky Inc." Forbes 15 Jan. 2009: n. pag. Web.

Buzzwords and blame...

Buzzwords and blame...

German forgers, Israeli forgers, French forgers, Russian mobsters, Russian art experts, Russian art students, Art restorers, Art historians, KGB agents, Western journalists, Western diplomats, Soviet Jews....My favorite passage "A gangster can produce a medieval icon, a Faberge or whimsical Chagall with only a few artists".

Brown, Heidi. "Skamsky Inc." Forbes 15 Jan. 2009: n. pag. Web.