Netherlands to return Scythian gold to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court in Amsterdam acknowledged that the exhibits belong to Ukraine
12:47, 14 December 2016

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The District Court of Amsterdam decided to return to Ukraine the collection of Scythian gold that was sent there for the exhibition before Russian annexation of Crimea. It was reported by Medusa daily.

Scythian gold remained in the Netherlands from February 2014. At the time the collection of Scythian gold was taken from Crimean museums to the exhibition "Crimea - the golden island in the Black Sea" in the Netherlands. But by the end of February 2014 the Crimea was annexed by Russia and the Dutch were confused whom to return the Scythian gold.

In accordance with international and national law, Scythian gold cannot be returned to the peninsula before the end of Crimea’s occupation. The Dutch have chosen the only possible way to resolve the conflict - to decide the issue in court, noting that whoever they return the valuables to, the other party will object.

Earlier it was reported that on October 5 at Amsterdam District Court held a hearing on the "Scythian gold". The Court heard representatives of Crimean museums, insisting on the need to return the exhibits to the annexed peninsula.

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But according to the Ukrainian legislation all items are owned by the state, so they have to turn back to Ukraine. Ukraine considers Crimean Museum only as custodians of the museum fund, which still belongs to the state. Therefore, the Ministry of Culture demanded to return the collection to Kyiv.

The name "Scythian gold" is highly conditional. In fact, the vast majority of items selected for the exhibition of the Crimean museum are not made of precious metals. Also, not all items are owned by the Scythians. However, this does not diminish its scientific and historical value.

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