Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, will take part in the opening ceremony of the exhibition "Gold of the Nation. Approaching" on May 17, according to the presidential website.
The exhibition consists of 16 photos of the Crimean museums' exhibits, which were showcased in the Netherlands at the time of the peninsula occupation.
The opening ceremony will take place at the Second Floor Art Center of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration (the 2nd floor) at 2 p.m.
Just a reminder: In early February 2014, a collection of Scythian gold was taken from Crimean museums to be showcased in the Netherlands. The exhibition called "Crimea - the Golden Island in the Black Sea" finished on May 31, 2014. However, the Crimea had been already annexed by that time and the Dutch were confused: Whom should the Scythian gold be returned to?
The Ukrainian collection of Scythian gold has been kept at the Allard Pierson Museum - Archaeological Museum of the University of Amsterdam - for more than two years. In accordance with international and national law, the Scythian gold cannot be returned to the peninsula until de-occupation of Crimea.
The Dutch preferred to resolve the conflict in court, arguing that whoever the values were returned to, the other party would object. If the gold collection is return to Russian Crimea, Ukraine will litigate as the values are related to its national museum fund. And if the collection is returned to Kyiv – there will be lawsuits from Crimean museums, because the exhibits were taken from there. The trial is still ongoing.
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