Crimean authorities called the decision of Kiev court about the seizure of the collection of Scythian gold, owned by Crimean museums and currently in the Netherlands, unenforceable. In particular, this opinion was expressed to Agency “RIA Novosti”, the Vice-Premier of the Crimean government Georgiy Muradov.
“The court’s decision, which seized the Crimean Museum exhibits, means nothing. They can take as many provocative solutions for the legal side it is not very important”, — quotes Agency of his word.
Muradov noted that the fate of Scythian gold should be addressed to the Dutch court. He stressed that the international legal point of view, the situation with the Scythian gold “clear and understandable”. “All the exhibits and remarkable finds are Crimean artifacts. On the basis of international law unequivocally of the Museum all Museum exhibits should be returned to the Crimean museums, that is, those from whom they were taken for temporary use for exhibition,” said Deputy Prime Minister.
He also expressed hope that the Museum exhibits will be back next year, provided that if the verdict will be thrown out “shuck and political intrigues.”
On the eve of Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office announced that the Pechora district court of Kiev has seized a collection of Scythian gold. The report also said that Interpol sent a request for the Declaration of the arrested collection on the international wanted list.
The arbitration of Scythian gold was initiated by the head of the Crimean museums, the Central Museum of Tauris, Kerch historical and cultural reserve, the Bakhchsarai historical and cultural reserve and the National reserve “Chersonese”. The exhibits were transferred to the Netherlands for the exhibition from February 2014. In March of the same year Crimea following a referendum passed to Russia. Later the rights to the exhibits, said both Russia and Ukraine.