The Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky commented on the decision of the decision of the court of Amsterdam, resolved to return to Ukraine collection of Scythian gold from the Crimean museums. According to the head of Department, the verdict is unprecedented, as it deprives museums of their collections.

“The decision of the Dutch court is unprecedented, because we are talking about deprivation of museums in fact, their property, their collection,” – quoted Medina TASS. The official said that no, the courts did not take such a decision since the Second world war.

In comments to the press Medinsky said that Russia in the face of culture is not involved in the proceedings, a party to this case are the museums of the Crimea.

Meanwhile, adviser to the Minister Cyril Rybak said that Crimean museums can appeal the decision of the Amsterdam court of appeal instance in early 2017. “Today, the case is considered by us as a business dispute. Therefore, the competent lawyers of the Crimean museums, examining the decision of the Dutch court will prepare a legal position for filing an appeal to a higher authority. By law, it is given three months”, – he explained to”Interfax”.

Advisor to the Minister of culture suggested that the complaint may be submitted in January 2017. “We believe that the decision of the Dutch court is at odds not only with the terms of the contract between the Crimean museums and gallery, Allard Pierson, and international Museum law, and also violates the principle of the indivisibility of Museum collections and the right of peoples of the Crimea for access to these exhibits,” he said.

The exhibits in question were discovered on the territory of Crimea, many of them were found even in the times of the Russian Empire and should remain in the Peninsula regardless of historical events and political conditions, said the Fisherman.

Last week the district court of the capital of the Netherlands decided to return a collection of Scythian gold from four museums in Crimea, Ukraine. The court came to the conclusion that because Crimea is not a country, it cannot claim the art objects that were previously stored in the museums. After the meeting, the cost of which is estimated at 1.5 million euros (1.59 million U.S. dollars), will be on the territory of Ukraine, the court of this country will have to determine his fate, decided by the Dutch court. The Crimean museums have already stated that they will appeal the verdict. While the exhibits are on three month’s stay in Amsterdam.

A unique collection of over 500 exhibits was taken in early February 2014, four Crimean museums, the Central Museum of Tauris, Kerch historical and cultural reserve, national reserve “Chersonese” and the Bakhchisaray historical and cultural reserve, as well as from National history Museum of Ukraine in Kiev at the exhibition in Bonn, Germany. Then it showed at the exhibition “Crimea: gold and secrets of the Black sea” in the Archaeological Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam.

After the exhibition closed in the summer of 2014, the collection remained in storage at the Allard Pierson Museum, since the Dutch authorities after the annexation of Crimea to Russia could not decide who to return valuable artifacts. Part of the collection of the National Museum of history of Ukraine and later was sent to Kiev. The Crimean museums in court demanded from the Netherlands to return to them the exhibits.

Medina: the court’s decision in the gold of the Scythians is unprecedented, as it deprived the Museum of its ownership of 19.12.2016

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