The Court of Appeal of Amsterdam has announced a decision in the case of belonging of the “Scythian gold” – it will be returned to Ukraine.
The decision of the Court of Appeal is that museum collection must be returned to Ukraine in the manner prescribed by Ukrainian law. The very application of the norms of domestic (Ukrainian) legislation governing disputed relations regarding museum collections was accepted by the court as the main argument in making the decision. Such norms, in particular, are the Regulations on the Museum Fund of Ukraine, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as Order 292 of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, which determined the procedure for transferring museum objects at stake from Amsterdam to Kyiv.
Ukraine’s interests in this case were represented by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, lawyers from the Dutch law firm Bergh Stoop & Sanders and Andriy Karnaukhov, Olena Hladyuk and Andrii Pylypenko from Sergii Koziakov & Partners.