Dutch doubt where to return Crimean gold

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Associated Press

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 10:33 AM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch historical museum got more than the bronze swords, golden helmets and precious gems it bargained for when it organized an exhibition on ancient treasures from Ukraine: it also inherited a diplomatic mess.

Now that Russia has annexed the Crimean Peninsula, the Allard Pierson museum says it's not sure where to return the objects on display in the "Crimea — Gold and secrets of the Black Sea" exhibition when it ends in August.

Officials from both Ukraine and Russia insist the Crimean treasures must be returned to them.

"We're investigating who the legal owner is," said museum spokeswoman Amber van Schagen-Fayein Friday.

The museum has enlisted experts from the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Foreign Ministry to advise on what to do now.

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