Dernek (Diaspora) of the Crimean Tatars in Turkey - Crimean Tatar Association of Culture and Mutual Aid  forwarded an appeal to international organizations and diplomatic missions of various countries in connection with the so-called restoration work in the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai.

Reportedly, last week such appeals were sent to the President of Turkey, the Parliament of the country, the Prime Minister and the relevant ministers. The governing body of the diaspora has drafted a second letter that will be forwarded to international organizations in order to draw the world's attention to the barbaric destruction of the cultural and historical heritage of the Crimean Tatar people.

In particular, the appeals were sent to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), UNESCO, the Turkish Commission of UNESCO, Europa Nostra (pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage), the Turkish Europa Nostra office, the Turkish delegation to the EU, in the embassies of Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Romania.

Information about the provocations of the occupying authorities against the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai, which is also a cultural heritage of the Turkic world, was sent to the diplomatic missions of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in Ankara.

The letter of the Central Office of Dernek of the Crimean Tatar people in Turkey says:

Following the annexation of the Crimea, the occupation authorities of the Russian Federation began  to destroy characteristic architectural features of the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai, which was the National Museum until 2014, and erase authentic and national ornaments from it under the pretext of the so-called restoration.

Invaders, not relying on any scientific method, without any weighty arguments, contrary to experts and Crimean Tatars, began the so-called restoration of the Palace. According to a report from the Crimea, the doors to the palace are sealed. The mosque with a five-century history, located at the entrance to the palace,  was left to the dampness; rainwater flows on the walls of the temple. The roof of the palace, which was decorated with Crimean Tatar ornaments, is replaced by Spanish tiles, and the constructions typical of the complex, made of wood, are replaced with ordinary concrete.
The historical mihrab (the niche in the wall of the mosque) and the minbar (the tribune in the mosque from which the sermon is read) suffered because of the dampness. 70% of Surahs (verses from the Koran) and Ayahs (Koranic lines) depicted on the walls of the mosque were erased, cracks appeared on the walls of the palace.

The headquarters of the Crimean Tatar diaspora, which has 28 offices throughout Turkey, expects You to take the necessary steps to suspend the actions of the Russian Federation to destroy cultural heritage.

Yours faithfully,
Mükremin Şahin, Head of the Crimean Tatar Association of Culture and Mutual Aid in Turkey.

Earlier, a well-known historian, author of books about the Crimean Khanate Gulnara Abdulayeva page told on her Facebook that Russia had been encroaching on the national heritage of the Crimean Tatars since the occupation of the peninsula in the XVIII century.

QHA reported that the team of Crimean lawyers intend to launch a legal campaign to protect the Khan's Palace in Bakhchysarai. Lawyers will protect the cultural heritage of the Crimean Tatars from unjustified encroachment and intend to apply to UNESCO