Crimean Ossetians suggested to unite efforts for the return of Scythian gold

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The Chairman of the «Congress of Ossetians of the Crimea» Valery Saveliev invited civil society organisations to join forces to return a collection of Scythian gold of the Crimean museums.

Collection «Scythian gold», about 2 thousand artifacts, was removed from the Crimean museums on exhibition in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam in early February 2014, before the Crimea reunited with Russia. After that the Russian and the Ukrainian side, consider a collection of their property, could not decide whether to return the artifacts. The district court of Amsterdam in December 2016 decided that the collection should be returned to Kiev, however, the Crimean party filed the appeal. Saveliev stressed that Scythian and Alanian ancient times are an integral part of including national history of the Ossetians.

«We are concerned about the fate of Scythian gold. It is clear that this is politics. Sooner or later we will reclaim our heritage, the heritage of the Crimea, the property of the Russian Federation. We need one voice to speak about it and make the appropriate request to the UNESCO, various courts,» said Saveliev in the teleconference Simferopol-Tskhinval in the Crimean press-center of MIA «Russia today».

«It is right for our community organizations work together to address the fate of Scythian gold,» added Saveliev.

Their support has promised the Director of the research Institute of South Ossetia, the head of the South Ossetian branch of the «Supreme Council of Ossetians» Robert Gagloev. «These artifacts belong to the Crimean people and must be on the territory of Crimea. When we learned the fact of the return of these artifacts, we filed a protest letter to UNESCO now and will try again to remind myself,» — said Gagloev.