The Director of the Kremlin museums: the court’s Decision on “Scythian gold” reasonably

Директор музеев Кремля: Решение суда по "скифскому золоту" обоснованно

The decision of the court of Amsterdam on “Scythian gold” is reasonable, since the items belonged to Ukraine, told journalists the Director of the Kremlin Museums Elena Gagarina.

About this informed the Agency “Interfax”.

“It is important to understand that the whole Museum Fund – is a property of the state, not the property of a single Museum or other cultural institution. In this case, when the items were removed from the territory of Ukraine and belonged to the Ukraine as a state, this solution seems to me quite reasonable,” – said Gagarin.

She also noted that belonging to the Russian Museum items are sent abroad on the basis of permission of Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation on the basis of state guarantees offered by the host country. “If such guarantees we will not get none of the objects of the Museum Fund will not leave the territory of the Russian Federation,” said Gagarin.

We will remind, in the Ministry of justice hope that by the end of 2017 Scythian gold return to Ukraine.

Today the district court of Amsterdam decided to return to Ukraine collection of Scythian gold, brought to the exhibition prior to the annexation of Crimea by Russia. The court ruled that the Crimea is not a sovereign state and can not claim to treasure as a cultural heritage.

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At the same time Ukraine needs to compensate for the cost of storage of the collection – about 100 thousand euros. Museums annexed Crimea intend to appeal the court’s decision.