Umerov says Ukraine needs international agencies' help to save Khan's Palace in occupied Crimea

21:55, 14 January 2018
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Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimea Tatar People Ilmi Umerov says Ukraine should appeal to international organizations for help in the rescue of the world-renowned Khan's Palace in the occupied Crimea from Russia's so-called 'restoration work,' which destroys its identity, according to RFE/RL's Krym-Realii media project.

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"First of all, I worry about the Khan's palace [in Bakhchisarai], which is being deprived of authenticity amid Russia's so-called 'restoration work.' We need to appeal to all international organizations to put an end to it," Krym-Realii quoted Umerov as saying.

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According to eyewitnesses, a heavy metal frame is now being erected around the palace's main building, which is supposed to be covered with a shed. Experts fear that the soil may sink under the weight of the structure. In addition, the workers have not installed protective structures for tombstones and calligraphic paintings on the walls of the palace. Moreover, the ancient wooden fortifications were covered with concrete.

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