Monument with names of Crimean Tatars who died in war broken in occupied Crimea. It did not stand even three days

10 May 2019, 11:42
Фото: Crimean Tatars

In the village of Orlovka (part of the Nakhimov district of Sevastopol), on the night of May 9, vandals broke a monument with the names of local residents who died during World War II. Bulk of those names were Crimean Tatar.

The public group Crimean Tatars informed about the incident on Facebook.

The monument with the names of the war heroes has been standing in Orlovka (Mamashay – Crimean Tatar) since the 60s of the last century. But recently it was renovated and Crimean Tatar manes were added to it.

Previously, the names of only 6 dead were carved on the monument, and not a single Crimean Tatar among them. Though many Crimean Tatars from this village went to war, – reads the message.

With efforts and funds of the local Crimean Tatar community, the monument was supplemented with two granite slabs, with the names of all the inhabitants of the village who died in the war. Of the 64 dead 57 were the Crimean Tatars.

The renovated monument did not stand even three days.

“On the night of May 9, the vandals smashed granite slabs. It was discovered on Victory Day in the morning, when all people were already honoring veterans throughout the country, paying tribute to those who died in the war, when victory marches sounded from everywhere and the Immortal Regiments marched,” the publication informs.

In July 2018, in the village of Bagerove (Leninsky district), vandals damaged about 15 tombstones in a Muslim cemetery. The First Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Nariman Dzhelyal, then stressed that this was not the first such crime in the Crimea and the perpetrators were never found.