Crimean treasures should return to Ukraine says Dutch court

Crimean treasures should return to Ukraine says Dutch court
By Robert Hackwill
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A priceless collection of gold artefacts from Crimea, on show in the Netherlands when Crimea was occupied by Russia in 2014, must return to Ukraine says court ijn Amsterdam.

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Treasures from the Crimean peninsular dating back to the 4th century BC currently being held by Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson museum must return to Kyiv.

On loan when Russian forces took control of Crimea in 2014, the collection was assembled from four museums and represented fragments of the ancient empires that used the region as a trade crossroads.

Victory! The District Court of #Amsterdam decides to return #Scythian gold to #Ukraine! pic.twitter.com/TdfB42dWt1

— TV Channel “Ukraine” (@Kanalukraine_en) December 14, 2016

The court ruled Ukraine is sovereign in the matter.

#German Lawyer slams #Dutch decisoin to give #Scythian gold collection to #Ukraine.This decision is illegal & absolutely groundless. pic.twitter.com/M9NNXQeZe0

— Maurice Schleepen (@MauriceSchleepe) December 14, 2016

“Crimea is a part of Ukraine. It’s only our national authorities who can decide to which museum they should return. As you know, Crimea is occupied by the Russian Federation and we have no access to Crimea, we cannot protect our cultural heritage in Crimea,” said Ukraine’s Culture Minister Svetlana Fomenko.

For one of the Crimean museums’ curators it was almost too much. She sees nothing good coming from the decision, which the museums can appeal.

#Crimean museum director blasts court’s decision on #Scythian gold as deplorablehttps://t.co/oUfXmB0Ad2

— TASS (@tassagency_en) December 14, 2016

“I think it is unfair to give it to somewhere else, not to the Crimea, because it will create many more problems in the future,” said the museums’ legal representative and Curator of the European exhibition Valentina Mordvintseva.

Gems, helmets and scabbards along with jewelry make up the priceless collection, whose ultimate fate Dutch justice has now decided a Ukrainian court should decide.

Thank you, #Amsterdam#Ukraine#Crimeapic.twitter.com/lg8eDkVzF8

— uacrisis (@uacrisis) December 14, 2016

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