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Treasures of Crimea. Return: Kyiv exhibits Scythian gold, Ukraine has been fighting with Russia for 10 years

4 July, 2024 Thursday
18:30

On Thursday, July 4, an exhibition of Scythian gold returned from the Netherlands, for which Ukraine has been suing Russia for almost 10 years, was opened in Kyiv

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This is stated on the website of the Office of the President.

The exhibition of the returned Scythian Gold at the National Museum of History of Ukraine was opened by First Lady Olena Zelenska. She reminded that Ukraine's struggle to return Crimea and its treasures began simultaneously - 10 years ago. 

"It took 10 long years of courts and brilliant work of Ukrainian and foreign lawyers, museum workers and diplomats for culture, historical justice and cooperation of free people to triumph," the First Lady said in her speech. 

After the liberation of Crimea, the exhibition, whose artworks were created in the period from the fifth century BC to the fifth century AD and belong to the cultures of different peoples who lived on the peninsula, including Greeks, Scythians, Sarmatians, Goths, and Huns, will return to the peninsula. 

"The word 'multiculturalism' did not yet exist, but Crimea and its heritage were already like that! Today I am glad that the whole collection will become available to Ukrainians and friends of our country, because national treasures are not something that is hidden or appropriated somewhere. They are something that people can access," Olena Zelenska said.

Crimea gold treasures return to Ukraine

On October 26, 2021, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruled to return the exhibits of the exhibition "Crimea. The Golden Island in the Black Sea" exhibition, which had been stored in museums on the peninsula before Russia's occupation of Crimea.

Subsequently, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commented on the decision of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal to return the Scythian Gold to Ukraine.

"A long-awaited victory for Ukraine in the court of Amsterdam! Scythian gold will return to Ukraine. I am grateful to the court for a fair decision, and to the teams of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture for the result. We always return what is ours. First, we will return the Scythian gold, and then Crimea," Zelenskyy said.

On June 9, 2023, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands approved a decision to return gold artifacts from Crimea to Ukraine.

Later, the Ministry of Culture reported that Ukrainians would be able to see the collection at the National Museum of History of Ukraine after it was returned. 

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