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LAW OF UKRAINE

of September 21, 1999 No. 1068-XIV

About export, import and return of cultural values

(as amended on 14-01-2020)

This Law governs the relations connected with export, import and return of cultural values and is directed to protection of national cultural heritage and development of international cooperation of Ukraine in the field of culture.

Operation of this Law does not extend to modern souvenir products, objects of cultural purpose of serial and mass production.

 Section I General provisions

Article 1. Determination of terms

In this Law terms are used in the following value:

cultural values - the objects of material and spiritual culture having art, historical, ethnographic and scientific value and subjects to preserving, reproduction and protection according to the legislation of Ukraine namely:

original works of art of painting, graphics and sculpture, art compositions and installations from any materials, works of arts and crafts and traditional folk art;

the objects connected with historical events, development of society and state, history of science and culture, and also concerning life and activities of outstanding figures of the state, political parties, the public and religious organizations, science, culture and art;

the objects of museum value found in case of archeological excavations;

components and fragments of architectural, historical, art monuments and monuments of monumental art;

the ancient books and other editions representing historical, art, scientific and literary value, separately or to collections;

manuscripts and incunabulums, old printing books, archive documents, including film, photo and phonodocuments, separately or in collection;

unique and rare musical instruments;

various types of weapon which has art, historical, ethnographic and scientific value;

rare stamps, other philatelic materials, separately or in collection;

rare coins, awards, medals, seals and other objects of collecting;

the zoological collections representing scientific, cultural and educational, teaching and educational or esthetic value;

rare collections and samples of flora and fauna, mineralogy, anatomy and paleontology;

family values - the cultural values having nature of personal or family objects;

collection of cultural values - the homogeneous or picked-up for certain signs diverse objects which, irrespective of cultural value of each of them, gathered represent art, historical, ethnographic or scientific value;

export of cultural values - the actual movement by legal entities or physical persons with any purpose through customs border of Ukraine of cultural values from the territory of Ukraine without obligation of their return import to Ukraine;

import of cultural values - the actual movement by legal entities or physical persons with any purpose through customs border of Ukraine of cultural values from the territory of foreign state to Ukraine without obligation of their return export from Ukraine;

temporary export of cultural values - the movement by legal entities or physical persons caused by the agreement with any legal purpose through customs border of Ukraine of cultural values from the territory of Ukraine with the obligation of their return import to Ukraine in the time caused by the agreement;

temporary import of cultural values - the movement by legal entities or physical persons caused by the agreement with any legal purpose through customs border of Ukraine of cultural values from the territory of foreign state to Ukraine with the obligation of their return export from the territory of Ukraine in the time caused by the agreement;

transit of cultural values through Ukrainyperemeshcheniye's territory by any legal methods with any purpose of cultural values from the territory of one foreign state on the territory of other foreign state through the territory of Ukraine without use of these cultural values in the territory of Ukraine;

illegally the exported cultural values - the cultural values which are exported about the territories of Ukraine with violation of the law of Ukraine and international legal regulations which are not returned after the term of temporary export caused by the agreement or in the presence of any discrepancies with the conditions regulating such temporary export;

illegally the imported cultural values - the cultural values imported on the territory of Ukraine with violation of the law of Ukraine and the international legal regulations regulating procedure for import of cultural values;

return of cultural values - set of the actions connected with import to the territory of Ukraine or export from the territory of Ukraine in the territory of other states of cultural values according to claims and addresses of Ukraine, other states, their authorized bodies, decisions of the courts of Ukraine or foreign states.

Article 2. Legislation of Ukraine on export, import and return of cultural values

The legislation of Ukraine on export, import and return of cultural values consists of the Constitution of Ukraine, this Law, international treaties of Ukraine and other regulatory legal acts.

If the international treaty of Ukraine which consent to be bound is this the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine establishes other rules, than those which contain in the legislation of Ukraine on export, import and return of cultural values then are applied rules of the international treaty.

The procedure for export established by this Law, import and return of cultural values is applied to all cultural values irrespective of pattern of ownership and is obligatory to execution for all physical persons and legal entities which are or perform the activities in the territory of Ukraine.

Article 3. Cultural values of Ukraine

According to the legislation of Ukraine cultural values of Ukraine are:

the cultural values created in the territory of Ukraine by citizens of Ukraine;

the cultural values created in the territory of Ukraine by the foreigners or persons without citizenship who are constantly living or living in the territory of Ukraine;

the cultural values revealed in the territory of Ukraine;

the cultural values imported on the territory of Ukraine acquired by archaeological, arkheografichesky, ethnographic, natural-science and other expeditions with the consent of relevant organs of country of source of these values;

the cultural values imported on the territory of Ukraine acquired as a result of voluntary exchange;

the cultural values imported on the territory of Ukraine received as a present or legally acquired with the consent of relevant organs of country of source of these values;

illegally the exported cultural values of Ukraine which are outside its territory;

the cultural values evacuated from the territory of Ukraine during wars and armed conflicts and which are not returned back;

the cultural values which are temporarily exported from the territory of Ukraine and not returned to Ukraine;

the cultural values moved on the territory of Ukraine as a result of World War II as partial compensation for the losses caused by invaders.

Article 4. The cultural values which are subject to return to Ukraine

Are subject to return to Ukraine:

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