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Crimea counts on the objectivity of the ECHR in the case of Scythian gold

SIMFEROPOL, March 16In Crimea, they are aware of the bias of the ECHR in the case of the ownership of the “Scythian gold” collection of Crimean museums, but they count on the objectivity of the court, Georgy Muradov, the permanent representative of the Republic of Crimea to the President of Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of the regional government, said in an interview.
In October 2023, Crimean museums filed claims with the ECHR after the decision of the Dutch courts to transfer the collection to Ukraine. Lawsuits have been filed against the Netherlands and Ukraine.

“The museums’ complaint was accepted by the court for consideration; we, of course, count on the objective approach of the ECHR to the study of serious violations of the rights of museums, although we are aware of its political bias. We also share the concerns of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the possible “dispersal” of the collection. I would like to separately emphasize that international, and according to the internal legislation of Ukraine, the collection must be returned to its owners – the Crimean museums – in full. It is an integral property of the inhabitants of the ancient land of Taurida,” Muradov emphasized.
Four Crimean museums – the Kerch Historical and Cultural Reserve (which later became part of the East Crimean Museum), the Central Museum of Taurida, the Bakhchisarai Historical and Cultural Reserve and the Tauride Chersonese – sent the exhibition “Crimea – Golden” in 2013 to Bonn, and then to Amsterdam island in the Black Sea.” After the reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014, the Netherlands faced the question of who should return the collection to. The Amsterdam Court of Appeal decided on October 26, 2021 that the collection of Scythian gold should be transferred to Ukraine. In January 2022, the museums of Crimea sent a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, but it upheld the decision of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal to transfer the collection to Ukraine. In November 2023, the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam confirmed that it had transferred the collection to Kiev.

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