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Dutch court postpones hearing on Scythian gold due to coronavirus

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Dutch court postpones hearing on Scythian gold due to coronavirus


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The Amsterdam court has decided to postpone the hearing of the Scythian gold case due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new date for the hearing will be announced on July 7, RIA Novosti reports.

In February 2014, about 2,000 exhibits of Crimean museums were sent to Amsterdam to participate in the exhibition at the Allard Pearson Museum. In the summer of the same year, the gallery announced its refusal to send artifacts back to both Crimea and Ukraine, which claimed its rights to the collection.

Two years later, the Amsterdam court ordered to transfer rarities to Ukraine, Crimea appealed this decision. Last summer, the court found the provision of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, which Kiev used as one of the main arguments, to be inapplicable to the trial.

Russkiy Mir reported that in the autumn of 2019, the Hague court refused the Ukrainian side a request to challenge the judge presiding in the Scythian gold case. Kiev had declared the judge bias.

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