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Amsterdam Court of Appeal to decide on Scythian gold case in September

Source : 112 Ukraine

The decision will be published in writing, the court hearing will not be held
14:34, 12 May 2021

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On September 14, 2021, Amsterdam Court of Appeal is due to rule in the case of ownership of the collection "Crimea. Golden Island in the Black Sea". This was reported by the court's press service, as Ukrinform writes.

The court noted that during the court hearing in April, the wrong date was accidentally announced. Thus, the court decision should be announced on September 14, 2021, and not on August 31, 2021.

The court also noted that the decision will be presented in writing, and the court hearing will not be held. The decision will be published on the court's official website in Dutch and English.

Since 2015, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine has been representing the interests of Ukraine in the case of returning the museum collection "Crimea. Golden Island in the Black Sea" to the country.

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As it was reported earlier, the dispute between Ukraine and Russia “Where the collection should be returned” has begun after the annexation of the peninsula. The Scythian gold collection from the Crimean museums was put on view at the Allard Pierson Museum of the University of Amsterdam in February 2014 when Crimea was still part of Ukraine. Amsterdam Court decided in December 2016 that Scythian gold should be returned to Ukraine.

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

Occupation authority of Crimea appealed the decision of the court in January 2017. Ukraine provided additional evidence to the court on February 2019.

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