On October 26, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal has ruled that the Scythian Gold collection, which was on view at the Allard Pierson Museum in 2014, should be handed over to Ukraine
SIMFEROPOL, October 26. /TASS/. A cassation appeal to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands against the Amsterdam Court's decision on the Scythian gold will be filed in the nearest future, Head of the Working Group for International Legal Issues of Crimea's Permanent Mission at the Russian Presidential Office, Alexander Molokhov reported on Tuesday.
“I think that in the very near future a cassation appeal will be filed with the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in order to suspend the execution of this decision. If I had dealt with this issue, we would have filed a complaint tomorrow. A team of Dutch lawyers has been working,” he said.
Malakhov noted that he was not satisfied with the lawyers’ work. “I think we need to replace this team. I have certain complaints about their work. Our working group gave suggestions on this matter to both the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Justice, but, unfortunately, no one listened to us,” he said.
The Amsterdam Court of Appeal has ruled that the Scythian Gold collection should be handed over to Ukraine, Presiding Judge Pauline Hofmeijer-Rutten announced on October 26. According to her, the artifacts in question are “part of the cultural heritage of the Ukrainian State” and should be handed over to Ukraine.
The Scythian Gold collection of over 2,000 items was on view at the Allard Pierson Museum of the University of Amsterdam between February and August 2014. After the peninsula reunited with Russia in March 2014, uncertainty over the collection arose as both Russia and Ukraine claimed the exhibits. In this regard, the University of Amsterdam suspended the collection’s handover until either the dispute is legally resolved or the parties come to terms.