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Finnish customs impound art works worth 42 million euros on way back to Russia

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish customs said on Wednesday they had stopped works of art worth around 42 million euros ($46 million) from being returned to Russia last weekend due to European Union sanctions, and would consult with Brussels on their status as luxury goods.

Customs seized three haulages of paintings, statues and antiquities on their way back to Russia via Finland from Italy and Japan, where they were temporarily on loan from Russian museums and art galleries, said Sami Rakshit, director of the Finnish customs enforcement department.

Rakshit said pieces of art are considered luxury items that fall under the EU’s sanctions against Russia, imposed for its invasion of Ukraine. Russia calls it “a special operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” its neighbour.

The confiscated items remain Russian property and would be stored under the supervision of the Finnish Heritage Agency, the customs said.

Russian news agency Moskva quoted the Russian

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Juxtapoz Magazine – Mr Super7: A Six Pack with Brian Flynn

The other day I was scrolling through Instagram and saw some cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys. Those are totally radical, I thought, and I looked to see who made them. It was Super7, a collector toy and apparel company based out of SF. Brian Flynn, the owner, is a friend of a friend, and I’ve always wanted to pick his brain. That same day, I got an email from Evan Pricco (the editor of this fine magazine you’re currently holding) letting me know my column was due in a week. Seemed like a perfect time to hit up Brian at Super7 and kick back a six-pack of questions. Cowabunga, dudes.

Michael Sieben: How did you learn about toy design and manufacturing? 
Brian Flynn: I learned everything through trial and error. While technically I think there are toy-design schools you can go to, I just started making the things I

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