Dutch court rules Scythians gold must be returned to Kiev
The Scythians’ gold treasures belong to Ukraine, must be returned to Kiev, as follows from a verdict presiding judge Dudok van Heel read out at a session of the Amsterdam district court on Wednesday.
The court ruled that only sovereign countries could claim objects as cultural heritage. Since only Ukraine, not Crimea, was sovereign, it was for a Ukrainian court to adjudicate the competing ownership claims.
"Ownership questions have to be settled when they have been returned to the state and in accordance with the law of the state in question. The Allard Pierson Museum must return the treasures to Kiev," Mieke Dudok van Heel said.
The Crimean museums have three months to appeal the ruling, Reuters reports.