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Court: Crimean gold tax returned to Ukraine

The entire collection of gold consists of 2,000 pieces and dates back to the 4th century BC when the Crimea was a Greek colony. As early as 2011, the pieces were displayed in four museums in Crimea and in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, according to Russian Radio. Moskvy Echo.

The exhibition was called “Crimea – Golden Island in the Black Sea” and parts of it were sent in 2013 to a museum in Germany and a year later to the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam.

The plan was for the exhibition It will expire in 2014 and that the entire tax will then be returned to Crimea. But at the beginning of the same year, Russia annexed Crimea, which was condemned by the European Union and the United Nations, among others.

In this regard, both Ukraine and museums in Crimea demanded the return of the artifacts. However, due to the political situation, the Allard Pierson Museum decided to keep it for the time being.

In 2016, a Dutch court ruled that Ukraine should take back the items. Museums in Crimea did not accept the ruling but appealed the ruling. Now the appeals court is also ruling that things will return to Ukraine, a message that the Ukrainian president has welcomed.

– We always get back what’s ours. after, after”Scythian Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that gold “we will return Crimea”.

The Scythians were nomads who lived during the Iron Age on the plains of Asia and Europe.

Ukrainian registration You have not yet decided where to store the items.

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According to the BBC, the court ruled Its decision is based on a Ukrainian cultural law that states that the entire collection is part of the Ukrainian cultural heritage.

Museums in Crimea still have the opportunity to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

The Kremlin declined to comment on the ruling, but the Russian Ministry of Culture told Echo Moskvy that it supports Crimean museums’ desire to recover the gold tax.