From Euromaiden Press: Russians looted Byzantine gold from the Chersonesos Museum in Crimea
The temporarily occupied Crimea has witnessed the looting of the ancient reserve museum of Chersonesos Taurica by Russian forces, as reported by the Office of the President of Ukraine in Crimea. The occupiers plundered the museum, including artifacts such as ancient bone, clay, and other material works, falsely claiming to transport them to an exhibition on Byzantine gold in Veliky Novgorod. Furthermore, illegal archaeological excavations continue to take place on the museum’s premises by Russian occupants.
Chersonesos Taurica, an ancient and Byzantine city-state located in southwestern Crimea, became a National Reserve in 1892. On June 23, 2013, it was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List during the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cambodia.
In December 2022, Senior Researcher Evelina Kravchenko from the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine revealed that the Russian occupiers had prepared collections from Chersonesos Taurica for removal from the peninsula.