The occupation administration of the "Artek" camp made a decision to demolish several important historic sites due to expansion of the territory.
First, this fate befell the old country house, erected on the project of academician Beketov in 1903.
"Administration" of the camp did not take seriously the local lore specialists, who stated that the building is a monument of history and architecture. The argument is as follows: The building has no historical value, since it is not listed in the official list of cultural heritage of Crimea. Historians and local lore specialists argue that this is a mistake, because before the occupation of the peninsula, Beketov cottage was included in the official list of Crimean attractions.
However, historians explain that the problem is not only in the cottage. Any construction in this area can not take place since the territory is located close to the ancient Muslim cemetery.
“The cottage had a lot of free space around. I think that after the demolition, the "Artek" will be able to build a couple of new buildings. But an ancient Muslim cemetery is located close to the cottage. It is confirmed by several scheme-maps,” said Igor Baryshnikov, a social activist from Gurzuf.
Reference. Alelsey Beketov was an architect, a landscape painter, Academician of Architecture, Honored Artist of the Ukrainian SSR. Born in 1862 in Kharkov, and died in 1941, during the Nazi occupation. He designed several famous buildings of Crimea, like Drama Theater named after Gorky in Simferopol, the hotel "Oreanda" in Yalta, the cottage in the Baar-Dere area in Alushta, where the house-museum of the architect Beketov is currently situated.
Earlier, QHA reported about similar actions of occupants in Crimea. In particular, the so-called "authorities" of Crimea decided to run gas pipes through the gate in the Cimmerian rampart, which is estimated to be about 2500 years old.