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Kiev-owned exhibits of the Scythian gold collection return to Ukraine — ministry

September 10, 2014, 17:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea” exhibition was put on view at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam in February when Crimea was still part of Ukraine
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MOSCOW, September 10 /Itar-Tass/. The Ukraine-owned part of the disputed “Scythian gold” collection has returned from Amsterdam to Kiev. The exhibits owned by Crimean museums remain in Amsterdam, the Russian Culture Ministry said on Wednesday.

“Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea” exhibition was put on view at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam in February when Crimea was still part of Ukraine. Most of the exhibits were contributed by Crimean museums. But the collection also contained 19 artifacts provided by Kiev museums.

“There is no need to be panicky. We are talking about the exhibits owned by Kiev museums,” the press service of the Russian Culture Ministry said citing Larisa Sedikova, the deputy director of the Khersones Tavrichesky museum reserve in Crimea.

“It is only natural and logical and in full compliance with a contract signed between museums that all the exhibits from museum funds should return home after the exhibition is over,” Sedikova said, adding that Kiev had received 19 exhibits while the 565 exhibits owned by Crimean museums remained in the Netherlands awaiting a court ruling on where they should be returned.

Kiev insisted that all “Scythian Gold” should return to Ukraine after the exhibition in Amsterdam was over.

The Allard Pierson Museum has been at a loss whether the Crimea-owned exhibits should be returned to Crimea or Kiev. Crimea was still part of Ukraine when the Scythian gold was put on view in Amsterdam. The problem of where to return the artifacts sprang up immediately after Crimea’s reunification with Russia on March 18, 2014.

The Allard Pierson’s Museum has by now studied the legislation and international treaties under which the “Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea” exhibition was put on view in Amsterdam.

The Museum is ready to obey any ruling made by a qualified judge or an agreement reached by the parties.

Amsterdam University’s Allard Pierson Museum has been hosting the exhibition titled ‘Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea’ since February 2014. It consists of exhibits loaned by a museum in Kiev and four museums in Crimea, which was a region of Ukraine back the time the items of the collection were consigned to the Netherlands.

The items on show in Amsterdam are pieces of goldsmithery, weapons and household appliances revealing the rich history of the Crimean peninsula.

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