Dutch Prosecutor General to issue advisory opinion on ‘Scythian gold’ on Friday
PARIS, January 27 – RIA Novosti. Thea Tierdema, spokesperson for the country’s Supreme Court, said on Friday (January 27th) that the Dutch Attorney General will issue an advisory opinion in the case of “Scythian gold”.
According to Oleksandr Formanchuk, head of the Crimean Civil Department, the Supreme Court may order the collection to be transferred to Ukraine, but physically leave it in the Netherlands “until a certain moment”. Therefore, the decision to return the collection to the Crimea may be delayed.
On October 26, 2021, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal decided that the collection “Scythian gold” should be transferred to Ukraine. In January 2022, the museums of Crimea filed an appeal against this decision in the Dutch Supreme Court. Thereupon, the Supreme Court initiated administrative proceedings regarding the case.
In March, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea to the Presidency of the Russian Federation, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government Georgy Muradov said that the fate of the “Scythian gold” collection of the Crimean museums will be determined by the end of 2019. Special military operation in Ukraine According to him, the collection will return to the Crimea, because “if there is a denazification in Ukraine (if there is), then the anti-Nazi and neighboring Ukraine ready for cooperation will not take this collection for itself.”
At the same time, it is premature to argue that the collection of “Scythian gold” will return to the museums of Crimea, as noted Mikhail Shvydkoy, the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cultural cooperation. After the special operations in Ukraine, all legal problems will be resolved.
Located in the Netherlands since 2014, the collection includes unique artifacts from the East Crimean Museum-Reserve, Taurida Central Museum, Bakhchisarai Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve and Tauric Chersonesus Museum-Reserve. The collection of nearly 2,000 works was taken to an exhibition at the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam in early February 2014, even before Crimea was reunified with Russia. In August 2014, a museum in the Netherlands decided not to transfer exhibits to Ukraine or Crimea until a competent judge’s decision or agreement between the parties.
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