Leader of the so-called People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) separatist organization Alexander Zakharchenko announced plans to take Kyiv and then to pass the Scythian gold, that must be return to Ukraine according to the decision of the Court of Amsterdam, to Crimea.
There is a video on Youtube where the leader of the pro-Russian militias called “extrajudicial” the decision of the Court of Amsterdam to transfer the Scythian gold, that was transported to be exhibited in the Netherlands prior to the annexation of Crimea by Russia, to Ukraine.
“Unfortunately there is a lot of injustice in our life and we cannot influence all the processes, but I guarantee and I am confident that the Scythian gold will be back to Crimea when we take Kyiv and change the situation there,” said Zakharchenko.
As reported, on December 14 the District Court of Amsterdam determined that the Scythian gold, taken from several Crimean museums, belonged to Ukraine. The Court recognized that Crimea was not a sovereign State and therefore it could not claim the archaeological artifacts as the cultural heritage. The fate of the cultural property will be decided by Ukrainian courts once the property is returned to the territory of Ukraine.
As a reminder, the hearing on the lawsuit of the State of Ukraine to the Allard Pierson Museum to return the so called “Scythian gold” to Ukraine began in the District Court of Amsterdam on October 5, 2016. The artifacts were in the Netherlands after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Since February 2014 the exhibits of Crimean museums have been to Amsterdam during the annexation of Crimea by Russia. The Dutch side refused to return the artifacts to the National Museum of History of Ukraine after the end of the exhibition, reasoning the refusal by potential claims of Crimean museums.