< strong>MOSCOW, November 27. A truck with a collection of Scythian gold entered the territory of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, where its identification will take place in the treasury of the National Museum of Ukraine, the country's customs service reported.
“Right now, a truck with 2,694 kilograms of cultural property, known collectively as “Scythian gold,” has entered the territory of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, where Kiev customs officers will identify the treasures in the treasury of the National Museum of Ukraine,” says a message published on Telegram -channel of the customs service of Ukraine.
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 had a question about 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 of Scythian gold to Ukraine.
On November 22, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture announced that it had reached an agreement with the Dutch The Allard Pearson Museum on the transfer to the Ukrainian side of the collection of Scythian gold exhibited in Amsterdam. The Netherlands Museum has refused to collect the cost of nine years of storage of museum exhibits. However, the terms and conditions of the transfer were not specified. The University of Amsterdam, which oversees the work of the Allard Pearson Museum, said that it could not yet confirm the agreement with Ukraine on the transfer of Scythian gold to it. Special Representative of the Russian President for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy said that Moscow considers the decision to transfer Scythian gold to be politically insignificant, and there may be an appeal to the International Court.