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Russia's attempted appropriation of Crimean gold in a decade

Friday, 26 January 2024, 17:20

This is the fourth episode of the documentary narrative podcast 'Why Do They Steal?'. 

In this episode, we uncover the story of historical valuables from the Crimean peninsula, which became stuck in the Netherlands due to the Russian occupation.

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Joining us are lawyers, historians, and museum workers, as we revisit the details of the "Scythian gold" case, which gained global attention. We'll discuss firsthand pieces of evidence related to the case that led to the return of treasures to Ukraine. Furthermore, we'll explain why the failure for Russia is more than just losing valuable items.

The material was prepared with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation. The material reflects the position of the authors and does not necessarily coincide with the position of the International Renaissance Foundation.

Production: 435 FILMS
Showrunners: Kornii Hrytsyuk and Anna Palenchuk
Scriptwriters: Kornii Hrytsyuk and Yurii Marchenko
Producer and Narrator: Anna Palenchuk
Sound Supervisor: Vasyl Yavtushenko
Assistant: Iryna Terletska
Project Coordinator: Olena Kirichek
English Translation: Anastasiia Perun
English Voice-Over: Alina Zevakova, Rob Feldman, Kateryna Hordiienko
English Voice-Over Recording: Pavlo Melnyk, Alla Shmatok
Editors: Oleksandr Vitraniuk, Vadym Stepanov
Podcast Cover Designer: Anton Vasyliev

Ukrainska Pravda:
Head of Podcasts: Fedir Popadiuk
YouTube Manager: Dmytro Moskvych

Why Do They Steal?

"Why Do They Steal?" is a documentary narrative podcast uncovering the centuries-long theft of Ukrainian cultural treasures by russia. The appropriation of Scythian gold, the heritage of Ukrainian Cossacks, and ancient mosaics and frescoes from Ukrainian cathedrals. Across five episodes, we delve into how these valuables ended up in russian museums and strategies for their potential return.