The court obliged Ukraine to pay €111 thousand for the storage of Scythian gold


The district court of Amsterdam ruled that the Ukrainian authorities have to pay €111 thousand to compensate for temporary storage of Scythian gold in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. The decree published on the official website of the court.

At the same time, the Crimean museums have to pay €2,8 million to offset these costs. The exhibition “Crimea: gold and secrets of the Black sea” opened at the Allard Pierson Museum in February 2014 and lasted until August 2014. Of the 583 19 exhibits owned by the Museum of historical treasures of Ukraine in Kiev, and the other to the four museums of the Crimea. In March, the Peninsula became part of Russia following a referendum.

After the exhibition the exhibits should have been back to the Museum. Museum in Ukraine received back part of his collection in the autumn of 2014. However, due to the annexation of Crimea, a dispute arose over the ownership of the other exhibits. Until now, the collection is kept in the Museum of Amsterdam. Right thereto said both Moscow and Kiev.

Earlier in the day the Amsterdam court decided that the Scythian gold should be returned to Ukraine. According to the decision of the Crimea is not a sovereign state, so he couldn’t declare the artifacts of cultural heritage. That is why the identity of the gold needs to identify the Ukrainian court.

Lawyer Anastasia Sivickaja that protects the interests of the Crimean museums on this process, said that the museums appeal against this decision.

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