The New York Times. Museum exhibits, provided for the exhibition of the Crimea belong to Ukraine, the Dutch court ruled

«On Wednesday, an Amsterdam court ruled that hundreds of ancient Crimean treasures, provided for one of the Dutch museums are the property of Ukraine and should not be sent to the Russian-controlled Crimea. Thus ended the two year legal battle over their facilities, says Nina Segal in
The New York Times. — This decision is an important moment a long dispute between Ukraine and the Crimean museums, providing these exhibits, in particular, of the ancient Scythian gold and Chinese lacquer boxes».

«The battle is for the right property at 565 rarities, sent to Amsterdam, Allard Pierson Museum for the exhibition «Crimea: gold and secrets of the Black sea». Micke Dudek van Hal, President of a bench of three judges of the district court, decided that the exhibits should be returned to Ukraine, where they will be stored in the Museum of historical treasures of Ukraine in Kiev, not in providing them the museums of the Crimea. The parties have three months to appeal, says the article. The court also said that, while he decided where to return the exhibits, he «has not made a decision about who rightfully owns the artifacts». It is reported that it will be up to the Ukrainian court».

«We are very pleased that the court endorsed our main argument — namely that the state must protect its cultural heritage», — said the lawyer of Ukraine Martin Sanders.

The author recalls that the exhibition of Crimean artifacts, the insurance value of which is 1.4 million euros, began shortly before the annexation of the Crimea to Ukraine, immediately after which the Ukrainian Ministry of culture asked to return them to Kiev, as at the time of the exhibition they belonged to the Ukrainian state, and in the event of their return to the museums of the Crimea, they could take out Russia.

«Obviously we’re disappointed,» said the lawyer of the Crimean museums , Jurian Dessing and added that his team would study the court decision and will consider whether to appeal.

Translation InoPressa




The New York Times. Museum exhibits, provided for the exhibition of the Crimea belong to Ukraine, the Dutch court ruled 15.12.2016

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