27 June 2014, 13:26

Scythian gold exhibition was transferred to Ukraine by Netherlands 'under pressure' – Russian diplomat

Scythian gold exhibition was transferred to Ukraine by Netherlands 'under pressure' – Russian diplomat

The Dutch authorities' decision to transfer items of the Scythian gold exhibition the "Crimea - a golden island in the Black Sea" collection to Ukraine was unfair, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.

"This decision can be viewed as nothing less than unfair and politicized. Furthermore, it was adopted in a hasty manner and obviously under pressure," he said.

"The Scythian gold from Crimea naturally belongs to Crimea," he said,

The exhibition opened at the Allard Pierson Museum, an archeological museum at Amsterdam University, in early February.

The collections consists of over 500 archeological finds, including artifacts from Scythian gold, a ceremonial helmet, precious stones, swords, armor, house ware of the ancient Greeks and Scythians, taken from five Ukrainian museums, including one in Kiev and four in Crimea.

The most valuable items are dating back to the late Scythian and Alanian periods: a Scythian tabernacle roof top in the form of a griffin, a Scythian bronze boiler and horse ornaments, vessels in the form of sheep from the Neusatz necropolis.

The Scythian gold dispute arose when the exhibition from Crimea was sent to the Netherlands. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent a note to the Netherlands, asking it to guarantee the return of the exhibits displayed at the Amsterdam exhibition to Ukraine. But after the Crimea rejoined with Russia, the Russian authorities ask to return the exhibition back to Crimea.

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