The wall of the Khan’s Palace cracked in Crimea

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In the annexed Crimea, a large crack appeared on one of the buildings of the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchisaray after the so-called restoration work, which was carried out on the territory of a monument of Crimean Tatar palace architecture. Photos of the crack have previously appeared in social networks and the media.

Judging by the footage, it formed at the corner of a building around which earthworks are being carried out. Its height is about three meters. The authors of the photo also recorded an attempt by workers to reinforce the corner with boards.

The Mufti of Crimea, Emirali Ablaev, asked the so-called “Ministry of Culture” of the region to attract qualified specialists to save the wall of one of the buildings of the Khan’s Palace being restored in Bakhchisarai, which had cracked. This was reported by the press service of the Muftiate of the Republic.

“The Khan’s Palace complex is the only object of Crimean Tatar palace architecture in the world, and its preservation is our common duty,” the mufti said.

Since Wednesday, February 9, the Khan’s Palace has been closed to the public due to emergency work, the website of the Bakhchisaray Historical, Cultural and Archaeological Museum-Reserve reported.

According to the so-called head of the Directorate for Centralized Service and Development of Cultural Institutions, Ilya Alymchev, the retinue building of the Khan’s Palace, which is now used as an administrative building, was damaged.

According to him, the crack in the wall of the building appeared due to errors in the “restoration” project. However, he believes that “there is nothing wrong with this, it is all removable, no serious damage has been done.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova called on the UNESCO Secretariat to respond to the violation of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea. She announced this in Telegram.

“This monument is included in the previous list for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. I appeal to the UNESCO Secretariat with a request to immediately respond to the fact of violation of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation,” Denisova wrote.

She recalled that internationally recognized laws and customs of warfare prohibit the occupying state from appropriating and destroying cultural property and historical monuments.

In particular, as Denisova noted, in violation of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, Russia is forcibly imposing its cultural policy on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea, depriving the indigenous population of cultural rights, identity and traditions.