Body found in the IJ in 2013 is Russian art dealer: Telegraaf


The body found in the IJ waterway in Amsterdam in 2013 is that of wealthy Russian art trader Aleksandr Levin, the city’s police have confirmed following a report in the Telegraaf.

Levin, a specialists in icons, spent a lot of time in Amsterdam, the paper said.

The body was found by a passerby floating in a large blue plastic parcel close to the NDSM wharf in the north of the city. The bag contained the man’s trunk and his head and limbs have never been found.

Levin was identified in 2021 by a dna sample given to an international data bank but the name was never released, the Telegraaf said. The paper also said Levin had a conviction for smuggling art in 1999 after being arrested at Schiphol airport.

The AD reported that a police spokesman said that he hoped by making the name public, there could be indirect contact with his relatives. Official channels have been closed because of the war in Ukraine.

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