The fact of the consideration of the question of ownership of the collection of Scythian gold, taken from the Crimean museums, in the courts of the Netherlands gives you the opportunity to hope for the final objective decision, said special Commissioner of the President of the Russian Federation for international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy at a press conference in MIA " Russia today ".
"The matter is in the courts of the Netherlands, fortunately, From my point of view, this is a great victory that the court is on the site of the Dutch proceedings, and not in that courtroom, which was spelled out in the contract between the Crimean and the Amsterdam museums. Under the contract it was supposed to be the chamber of Commerce of Ukraine. This case gives hope that it will be considered objectively enough "- said Shvydkoi, adding that " we must fight to the last."
The collection of Scythian gold, about 2 thousand artifacts, was removed from the Crimean museums on Exhibition "Crimea: gold and secrets of the Black sea" in the archaeological Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam in early February 2014, even before the Crimea was reunited With Russia. Since then the parties have the opportunity to decide whom to return the artifacts. Four Crimean Museum filed in the court of Amsterdam collective action against the Allard Pierson Museum, which demanded to fulfill contractual obligations and to return a collection of Scythian gold from the Netherlands to Crimea.
first own written response was provided by the Ukrainian side. The reaction of the Crimean Museum and Allard Pierson Museum (the Netherlands) had to follow until 12 August. However, in its absence, the Court set a new deadline of September 23.