Thursday, 28 October 2021

Ancient Scythian Gold to be returned to Ukraine

A Dutch court ruled to hand over gold artifacts unearthed in annexed Crimea to Ukraine, dealing a blow to Russia’s claims. Both Moscow and Kiev claimed ownership of the Scythian treasures, which were loaned to Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum. The museum’s “Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea” exhibit opened in February 2014, one month before Russia seized the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine. The treasures remain in "safe storage" in the Allard Pierson museum pending appeal.
The collection dates to the Scythian era in the fourth century B.C. A Dutch court ruled that Ukraine was the rightful owner of the ancient treasure and it should not be returned to the territory while it is occupied by Russia. Moscow claimed that as Crimea is part of Russia, the artifacts should be returned. Moscow had accused the Netherlands of seizing the gold artifacts illegally, as they were claimed by the Kremlin following Russia's annexation of Crimea.