The Amsterdam Court of Appeal considered the issue not of the ownership of the Scythian gold, but of who it should be transferred to – Ukraine or the Crimea, RIA Novosti reports, citing a court ruling.
“Exhibits from the collection of Tauric Chersonesos, one of the four museums, belong to the state of Ukraine. The court was unable to establish whether the Ukrainian state is the owner of other exhibits from the collections of the other three museums. However, there is no need to establish whether the state of Ukraine or the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is the owner, ”the court’s decision says.
They also said that in the case, the issue of ownership “does not matter”, since the court was only faced with the question of who should be transferred to the collection of Scythian gold. In addition, the court decision says that the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam should transfer the collection of Scythian gold to Kiev for storage “until stabilization in the Crimea.”
Earlier, the Amsterdam court ruled to return the Scythian gold to Ukraine.
A collection of four Crimean museums, numbering about 2,000 artifacts, was taken for an exhibition at the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam in early February 2014, before the reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation. In August 2014, a museum in the Netherlands decided not to transfer the exhibits to either Ukraine or Crimea until a decision of a competent judge or an agreement between the parties.
Earlier in Crimea, they said they would appeal against the decision of the Amsterdam court. Director of the East Crimean Historical and Cultural Museum Tatiana Umrikhina emphasized that the artifacts belong to the peninsula.
The head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, called the decision to transfer the Scythian gold to Ukraine a “raider seizure.”