The district court of Amsterdam decided that the Scythian gold to which the rights and said Moscow and Kiev must be returned to Ukraine, according to Reuters.
According to the court, the Crimea is not a sovereign state and could not declare the gold cultural heritage. Therefore, to solve, to whom belongs the gold and the National Museum of history of Ukraine and the Crimean museums, had a Ukrainian court.
Crimean museums will appeal against the decision of the Amsterdam court, said “RIA Novosti” lawyer Anastasia Sivickaja, protecting the interests of the Crimean museums on this process.
About the same and said the Minister of culture of Crimea Arina Novoselskaya. “Another political incorrect, contrary to the norms of law, the decision… the Republic of Crimea will be in the appeal to defend their demands for the return of the collection to the Crimea”, — she said (quoted by TASS).
The exhibits that were in the four Crimean museums were transferred to the Netherlands for the exhibition “Crimea: gold and secrets of the Black sea”. It was held in the Allard Pierson Museum at Amsterdam University since February 2014. In March of Crimea following a referendum passed to Russia. Their rights to the said exhibits and Moscow and Kiev.
In early December, Ukrainian prosecutors announced that the Pechersk 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.
Crimean authorities called the decision a provocative and unenforceable. “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”, — said the Vice-Premier of the Crimean government Georgiy Muradov, noting that the fate of gold should solve the Dutch court.
At the same time Muradov stressed that the international legal point of view, the situation with the Scythian gold “clear and understandable”. According to him, “all exhibits and remarkable finds are Crimean artifacts” on the basis of international rights Museum “definitely all Museum exhibits should be returned to the Crimean museums, that is, those from whom they were taken for temporary use for exhibition”.