Amsterdam court plans to rule in Scythian gold case on December 14
MOSCOW, October 5 (RAPSI) – The Amsterdam District Court plans to issue a ruling in a case over return of Scythian gold collection from Crimea on December 14, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.
Chosen date is preliminary and may be changed in the future.
On Wednesday, the court held the first hearing in this case.
In November 2014, four Crimean museums filed a lawsuit with a court in Amsterdam seeking to return the Scythian gold that was exhibited in the Netherlands to Crimea.
Kiev is demanding that the exhibit items be returned to Ukraine.
The exhibition “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea” opened in Germany in mid-2013 and then moved to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam in early February 2014. The artifacts from five Crimean museums include a ceremonial gold helmet and jewels.
In March, Kiev demanded the gold be returned to Ukraine, not Crimea, since the latter had voted for independence and later joined Russia. Crimea, however, dismissed the demands as groundless.
The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam decided to keep the disputed collection of Scythian Gold items until the ownership dispute is resolved either amicably or in court.
The exhibition closed in late August 2014, but the collection has not been sent back to the Crimean museums because of disputes between Ukraine and Crimea.