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Claimants in Scythian gold case did not pass jewelry to the Netherlands, - Justice Ministry

So-called Crimean museums are not legal persons and exist only on the documents just for the goals of this process
16:59, 11 March 2019

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Registered in Russia “Crimean museums,” which have sued to the court on the return of Scythian gold, have nothing to do with the structures, which passed the jewelry to the Netherlands, as Serhiy Petukhov, Ukraine's Deputy Justice Minister, reported.

“It is, as we understand, improper claimant and we draw the attention of the court to it. The special cynicism of the position of the representatives of the so-called Crimean museums is that they refer to the Ukrainian legislation in their arguments and think that they have the right to store these objects according to the Ukrainian legislation,” Pastukhov explained.

At the same time, the claimants, who represent Russia, are not legal persons and exist only on the documents just for the goals of this process. They have nothing to do with the Ukrainian museums, which existed in Crimea before the occupation.

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“Their demands contradict the points of the international law, particularly, the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transport of Ownership of Cultural Property and points of the Ukrainian legislation, which establish the property right of the state for the controversial museum objects,” the Justice Ministry said.

“The Culture Ministry has already defined by its order that the jewelry should be stored in Kyiv to provide their safety until the de-occupation takes place,” Petukhov specified.

The occupation authorities of Crimea have filed a complaint against the decision of the Amsterdam Court to return a collection of Scythian gold to Ukraine. This was stated by Arina Novoselskaya, "Minister of Culture" of the occupied Crimea.

Related: Russia can suspend museum relations with the Netherlands over Scythian gold

More than 565 museum items from Ukrainian museums in Crimea went to the Netherlands as part of an exhibition in February 2014. By the end of February 2014, the Crimea was annexed by Russia, and the Dutch couldn’t decide where to return Scythian gold since they do not recognize Crimea as part of Russia.

Amsterdam Court will consider the appeal of the Crimean museums on the case of Scythian gold on March 11.

 

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