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Amsterdam Court of Appeal decides to transfer Scythian gold to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, four Crimean museums have the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of The Hague in the Netherlands to appeal the decision
15:46, 26 October 2021

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The Court of Appeal of Amsterdam which heard the case of Scythian gold collection decided to return the exhibits to the "Crimea. Golden Island in the Black Sea" exhibition on the territory of the sovereign state of Ukraine, UkrinfNorm reports.

However, four Crimean museums - the Central Museum of Tavrida, the Kerch Historical and Cultural Reserve, the Bakhchisaray Historical and Cultural Reserve and the Chersonesos Taurida National Reserve - have the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of The Hague in the Netherlands to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam.

These are more than 560 items from the museum fund of Ukraine, which have been in the Netherlands since 2013. They are mostly archaeological findings. The cost of the collection is about 10 million euros.

President Volodymyr Zelensky called the court decision a "long-awaited victory".

"Ukraine's long-awaited victory in the court of Amsterdam! Scythian gold will return to Ukraine. I am grateful to the court for a fair decision, and to the teams of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture for the result. We always return what is ours. First we will return the Scythian gold, and then Crimea," Zelensky said.

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As it was reported earlier, since 2015 the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine carries out representation of interests of the state of Ukraine in the case of return of the "Crimea. Golden Island in the Black Sea" museum collection on the territory of Ukraine.

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal has an appeal from the Central Museum of Tavrida, Bakhchisaray Historical and Cultural Reserve, Kerch Historical and Cultural Reserve and Chersonesos Tavriya National Reserve against the decision of the District Court of Amsterdam on December 14, 2016. on the territory of Ukraine.

The exhibition "Crimea: Gold and Mysteries of the Black Sea", which featured over 500 exhibits from several museums in Crimea, was shown at the Allard Pearson Archaeological Museum in Amsterdam in the summer of 2014. Due to the annexation of Crimea by Russia, the exposition was not returned to the peninsula.

On December 14, 2016, the District Court of Amsterdam ruled to return to Ukraine all the exhibits of the Crimean museums, which were presented in the Netherlands as part of the Scythian gold exhibition .

In August 2017, the museums of the Russian-annexed Crimea filed an appeal.

On March 11, 2020, the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam began to consider the appeal of the museums of the Russian-annexed Crimea to the decision to return the Scythian gold collection to Ukraine.

On March 21, it became known that the hearing of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal in the case of belonging to the Scythian gold was postponed due to the spread of coronavirus.

On October 28, 2020, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal granted the application of Ukraine on the recusal of a judge in case on Scythian gold due to the confirmation of his ties with lawyers of the Crimean museums.

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