Museums of Crimea sued by the gold of the Scythians in the court of Amsterdam
Four of the Crimean Museum filed a class-action lawsuit in the court of Amsterdam, which require to return a collection of Scythian gold from the Netherlands in Crimea, said Last news Director of the Kerch historical and cultural reserve Tatiana umrihina.
" We have filed a class-action lawsuit from 4 museums in Amsterdam court of 19 November, " said umrihina.
She hopes that justice will prevail, and the Collection of Scythian gold will return there, where it should be - on their homeland, in the Crimean museums ".
The collection of Scythian gold, which is more than 1000 artifacts, was removed from the Crimean museums on Exhibition in the archaeological Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam in early February, even before the Crimea reunited with Russia. The collection includes archaeological finds from five museums, and among them 4 Crimean: Central Museum of Tauris, Kerch historical and cultural reserve, the Bakhchsarai historical and cultural reserve and the national preserve of Tauric Chersonesos.
The Ministry of culture of Ukraine stated that the exhibits will be returned to Kiev, because recognized as state property of Ukraine. However, the Museum in the Netherlands, which displays a controversial gold of the Scythians, decided not to send the exhibits neither Ukraine nor the Crimea to the decision of the competent judge or the contract between the parties. In late summer the exhibition was widely closed, However, because of the contentious issues between Ukraine and the Crimea, the Collection can't go back in the Crimean museums.