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FBI officials took custody of the painting and traced it to the Swiss man who sold the Ridgefield home in 1962. Officials didn't release his name but said he moved to the U.S. in 1946 after serving in the Swiss Army. He died in 1986. Gabby Tracy said it's unknown how he obtained the painting, which the couple initially believed was a copy and not a signed original.

Let's be honest, odds are the former owner wasn't in the Swiss Army, more likely the Wermacht.

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OddsareThis undated photo provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington shows a painting of Ivan the Terrible that was exhibited in an art museum in Ukraine. (U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington via AP)

A painting that was looted from a Ukrainian art museum during World War II and spent decades in a Connecticut home will be returned to the eastern European nation, U.S. officials said last week.

The 1911 painting by Mikhail Panin, titled "Secret Departure of Ivan the Terrible Before the Oprichina," depicts the 16th-century Russian czar fleeing the Kremlin on horseback. It was part of the permanent exhibit at the Dnepropetrovsk Art Museum in the central Ukranian city of Dnipro but disappeared sometime after the Nazis occupied the city in 1941.

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