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Ukraine vs. four Crimea museums and the Allard Pierson Museum


On 5 October 2016, the District Court of Amsterdam heard the conflict on the return of archaeological artifacts from Crimea – which received a lot of publicity. Is The State of Ukraine entitled to these objects and should they be returned to Kyiv? Or should Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum return them to the Crimea museums that gave the objects on loan? The exhibition was being held in Amsterdam at the very time the Russian Federation annexed Crimea. The Allard Pierson Museum didn’t want to make a choice and created the opportunity to litigate the matter before the Amsterdam court. Dozens of representatives from the state of Ukraine and from Crimea flocked to Amsterdam for the hearing of this international dispute. The decision is due on 14 December 2016.

Bergh Stoop & Sanders (Maarten Sanders, Gert-Jan van den Bergh and Martha Visser) is acting for the state of Ukraine.

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