BAKHCHYSARAI (QHA) -

Activist Elmaz Qırımlı posted photos of a picket that took place in the occupied Crimea in Bakhchysarai in defense of the Khan Palace on her Facebook page.

“What is now being done with our main historical monument of architecture is a crime. And we simply do not have the right to keep silent about this crime," reads the message.

The activist noted that people who supported her picket and those who did not know about the "reconstruction" came up to her, as well as those who did not agree with such a message.

“Yes, my poster was torn. Thus, they rudely violated my rights. And one of them is my civil right to a one-person picket !” she noted.

QHA reported that on 25 February, the occupiers in Crimea detained a 28-year-old Crimean Tatar activist, Elmaz Akimova, who went on a one-person picket in defense of the Khan Palace.

Earlier, a lawyer and human rights activist, Rustem Kyamilev, filed an application to the Main Investigation Department of the Criminal Investigation Service of the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea on the crime of destroying the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai under the guise of restoration works. Kemilev noted that during the "restoration work" elements of cultural heritage - wooden roof structures, joists, cross beams are destroyed.

Reference: A unique example of Crimean Tatar culture, the Khan's Palace in Bakhchisaray, is being destroyed by the occupiers. The palace-museum was closed under a far-fetched pretext and was guarded from all sides.

QHA