Media Coverage — Alexander Khochinsky's Detention in Paris

Hypoallergic, ArtNews, ArtNet News, Artsy, The Art Newspaper
March 1, 2019

Sullivan & Worcester's client, art collector Alexander Khochinsky, was detained at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport before his flight back to New York at the request of Poland on behalf of Interpol. The country has been trying to prosecute the United States citizen under extradition charges since 2015, but those were dismissed by U.S. courts. Khochinsky reached out to Poland about a painting, Antoine Pesne’s "Girl with Dove," after learning the country was looking for an artwork that he believed to be the same. Khochinsky inherited the work from his parents — his mother is a Polish Jew who fled before the German invasion of 1941. He requested they open a dialogue about the piece, but instead, Poland charged him with a crime. For now, he has been released from custody but is unable to leave France. His case is set for March 6, to decide whether he will be extradited to Poland, or return to the United States. 

Media coverage has been substantial and includes various quotes by Nicholas O'Donnell, who represents Khochinsky.

Week in Review (3/1/19), Hypoallergic

Art Dealer Arrested by French Authorities Amid Restitution Case Surrounding 18th-Century Painting (2/27/19) ArtNews

An Art Dealer is Detained at a Paris Airport as Part of his Ongoing Battle with Poland Over a Nazi-Looted Painting (2/28/19), ArtNet News

An Art Dealer was Arrested in Poland as Part of a Restitution Row with Poland (2/28/19), Artsy

Double Jeopardy? US Art Dealer Fights Extradition to Poland, for the Second Time (2/28/19), The Art Newspaper

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