Simferopol (QHA) - Crimean Prime Minister Anatoly Mogilev proposed to reduce budget funds allocated for monument to the victims of deportation in Simferopol, in order to provide deported citizens with financial assistance. Mogilev said this during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Crimea. Construction of the monument is timed to the 70th annviersary of deportation and is estimated at 6 million UAH. According to Mogilev, it is irrational to spend millions of budget funds for the monument, while many urgent issues of the deported citizens still remain unsolved. The Prime Minister proposed to reduce volume of constructions works and consequently, the cost of the monument, and redirect the saved money to those who survived deportation and returned to homeland in Crimea. “We should make lists of people who survived deportation and returned to Crimea. Unfortunately, not many of them are still alive”, - said Mogilev. Representatives of relevant Ministries, local authorities and the author of the monument supported this initiative. To note, the creation of a ‘mourning mother’ monument is timed to the 70th anniversary of deportation of different ethnic groups from Crimea. Its construction was initiated by Crimean Prime Minister Anatoly Mogilev to pay tribute to victims of deportation and symbolize the unity of Crimeans.

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