The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) has sent the judgment of the Pechersk District Court in Kyiv on the arrest of the exhibits from the "Crimea - Golden Island" exhibition to Interpol. This decision was taken by the prosecutors in order to put the items on international wanted list, according to the press service of the ARC Prosecutor's Office.
The positions of the parties to the proceedings were considered at the court session in Amsterdam on October 5. Ukraine was represented by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Culture and Justice. The Amsterdam District Court shall issue the final decision on December 14, 2016.
The subject-matter of the dispute is a collection of 565 museum pieces, provided by the Central Museum of Tauris, Kerch Historical and Cultural Reserve, National Reserve Tauric Chersonese and Bakhchysarai Historical and Cultural Reserve for display at the exhibition “Crimea: Gold and Secrets From the Black Sea” in the Allard Pierson museum (Amsterdam) in February 2014. Among the exhibits were artifacts of Scythian gold, ceremonial helmet, jewels and swords of the ancient Greeks and Scythians. The Netherlands evaluated the collection of EUR10 billion.
However, the Netherlands did not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia, which took place after the opening of the exhibition, and therefore the question arose as whom to return the collection to. Thus, the items of the Crimean museums are stored in the Netherlands, pending a decision of the court.