Petitioning to Amsterdam Court/Het gerechthof te Amsterdam

Return Scythian gold to Crimea! Laat het Scytisch gold terugkeren naar De Krim!

Dear sympathizers ! We invite you to join us in our action "Return Scythian gold to Crimea!"

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Crimean collection of ancient Scythian artifacts belongs to the Crimea, no matter administrative and political situation. Only the people living on the peninsula have the right to keep the Scythian heritage. The Crimean peninsula is the cradle of different civilizations, and the Scythians, the ancestors of the most important actual nations and states, are connected by these nations through the Crimea.

We are writing to you on behalf of those people who during the Second World War, managed to save the collection from the abuse of the enemy at the cost of their own life. In Sevastopol and on the peninsula still, live the witnesses of these events and their direct descendants. Scythian collection has not only an art value but rather a spiritual one, which was bequeathed to the world and given to the Crimean land and its peoples for a careful storage.

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Historical background The Scythian collection is mostly found on the territory of the Crimean Peninsula and was distributed during Soviet times among five museums, four of which are located in the Crimea: The Central Museum of Tauris (Simferopol), Kerch Historical and Cultural Reserve, National Reserve "Chersonese" (Sevastopol), Bakhchisaray Historical and Cultural Reserve. In February 2014 a unique collection was exposed in the Netherlands in the exhibition "Crimea - the gold and the secrets of the Black Sea."

After the popular referendum of march 2014 the Crimean peninsula joins Russian Federation and the Ukrainian authorities began to require the transfer of the collection to Kiev. After 2 years of litigation on 14 December 2016, the Amsterdam Court decides not to return the Scythian gold back to Crimea but to transfer it to Ukraine. For the Crimean museums, the Crimean people, as well as researchers and scientists related to this case or other unique art collections, keeping the tight link between the art items with their land and their historical context is the matter of extreme importance and must not obey political reasons. There are no legal, cultural or historical reasons for transferring the collection items to the Ukrainian territory.The art objects belong to the Crimea, the territory on which they were found, they are the evidence of the history and culture of the peninsula, and where they form an integral part of the collections, which for many years has been collected with passion by highly dedicated archaeologists.

The decision of the Amsterdam Court is in direct contradiction to the UNESCO Convention of 14 November 1970, signed by the majority of foreign countries, including the Netherlands. Under the agreement, the parties must abide by the "Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property", (Compilation of existing treaties, agreements, and conventions with foreign states, UNESCO).

The people of Crimea have the right to its own history and the preservation of their cultural and historical values on their land, regardless of the state.

The decision of the court of Amsterdam directly violates the moral and ethical norms of international cultural law.

Scythian collection was looted several times. For the first time the collection was looted by British and French troops during the Crimean War (1853-1856), part of the collection and exported as trophies, it was not returned, and considered lost. The second time the collection had been looted by the Nazis during World War II. Much of the collection was saved thanks to the personal courage of museum workers SF Strzelecki, NC Fedorov, VP Lisin, I.I.Gudz and other heroes.

This collection, sealed in Amsterdam and is the subject of political debate, never left the limits of the Crimea and contains the most important sacred artifacts from the point of view of the spiritual world of the Crimea. The aim of the exhibition "Crimea: the gold and the secrets of the Black Sea" was West's familiarity with the unique history of the peoples who inhabited the Crimea, his spirit, outlook, and heritage. For this purpose, the museum staff selected the rarest and unique exhibits that represent incredible value for residents of the Crimea and the whole world of the scientist.

We hope that in spite of the empty political differences, the collection, which has a direct and priority related to the peninsula, will return home and this is the beginning of the truce in the conflict of the fraternal peoples.

If you agree with this message please sign the petition for the return of the Scythian collection back to Crimea.

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