Ukrainian parliament asks Netherlands to return Crimean Scythian gold

The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has backed an appeal to the Dutch parliament to help return the Scythian gold to Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has backed an appeal to the Dutch parliament to help return the Scythian gold to Ukraine.

The appeal was supported by 249 deputies on Tuesday.

The relevant draft resolution was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada by independent deputy Serhiy Taruta, by Iryna Podolyak of the Samopomich (Self-Reliance) party faction and by Viktor Yelenskiy of the Popular Front faction.

"On behalf of the people of Ukraine we are urging the members of the States General to give due attention to an issue of great importance for us - the return of the Ukrainian cultural values to its owner - the people of Ukraine, and to prevent the nonobservance of international law," the appeal says.

The Ukrainian lawmakers said that the appeal had to do with part of the exhibit, "Crimea. The Golden Island in the Black Sea" from the collection of Crimea's Taurida Museum (451 items), from the Kerch historical and cultural preserve (190 items), from the Khersones of Taurida national preserve (28 items) and from Crimea's Bakhchysarai historical-cultural preserve (1,442 items) which belong to Ukraine's state museum collection and were on display at the Allard Pierson Museum at the Amsterdam University between February 6 and August 31 2014.

 

All legal documents authorizing the museum values' stay in the Netherlands have expired, the appeal says.

As the Netherlands did not recognize Crimea's reintegration with Russia which occurred after the exhibition was opened, a dispute sparked over where the collection should go after the exhibition is over.

 

On September 10 2014 the Russian Culture Ministry said that Scythian gold items from Kiev museums had been returned to the Ukrainian capital, while items from the Crimean museums remained in the Netherlands following a combined exhibition in Amsterdam.

The first formal meeting was held in a court in Amsterdam on January 21 within the framework of a litigation where Crimean museums now under Russia's jurisdiction demanded the return of the Scythian gold.

Ukraine's official position is that "the exhibits cannot be returned to occupied territory temporarily out of Ukraine's control, and must be handed over directly to Ukraine."

 

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