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 Museums in occupied Crimea set to appeal ruling to return Scythian gold to Ukraine

The Russian occupation authorities of Crimea claim the decision of the Dutch court to be politically charged.

Museums in occupied Crimea are going to appeal the ruling of the Amsterdam District Court to return the Scythian gold to Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax.

"We have three months to file an appeal and, of course, we will use this opportunity," director of the East-Crimean Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Tatiana Umrikhina said.

She added she viewed the court's decision as politically motivated.

Read more: Ukraine owes Amsterdam Museum 111,000 euros for safekeeping Scythian gold, - Der Telegraaf

"The ruling is at odds with the international practice and traditions of inter-museum cooperation," Umrikhina stressed.

"This decision may have dire consequences as far as cooperation between Russian museums and their foreign counterparts goes, this situation is unlikely to build confidence between museums," Director of Crimea's Central Museum of Tavrida Andrey Malygin told the national TV broadcaster Rossiya 24, TASS reports.

The lawsuit filed by four Crimean museums against the Allard Pierson Museum demands the Netherlands to return the collection of Scythian gold, consisting of 2,000 items, to the occupied peninsula.

The Amsterdam District Court on Wednesday ruled to return the collection of Scythian gold that was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia occupied the peninsula to Ukraine.
 
 
 
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