Spanish police have seized 11 pieces of ancient gold jewelry worth an estimated $64 million that were taken from Ukraine illegally in 2016. The jewelry dates back to the Greco-Scythian period, between the 8th and 4th centuries BC, and includes intricate necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the seizure, including two Ukrainians and three Spaniards. The suspects are accused of trying to sell the jewelry in Spain.
The jewelry is currently being held by Spain’s National Archaeological Museum and Cultural Heritage Institute. It will eventually be returned to Ukraine.
The seizure of the jewelry is a major victory for Ukraine, which has been grappling with a wave of cultural heritage looting since the outbreak of the war with Russia. It is also a reminder of the importance of international cooperation in combating the trafficking of stolen cultural goods.
I am glad to hear that the jewelry has been recovered and that the suspects have been arrested. I hope that this case will send a strong message to anyone who is thinking about trafficking in stolen cultural goods.