Yalta museum of Lesya Ukrainka in Crimea might shut down
13:04, 12 March 2016

Yalta museum of Lesya Ukrainka in Crimea might shut down

The museum’s founder Svitlana Kocherga gave an interview to Radio Liberty

13:04, 12 March 2016

“The fate of the museum of Lesya Ukrainka in Yalta, Crimea, is on hold now. I’m worried whether this museum will keep on working or whether it stays there at all. The authorities might leave a room or something, but the museum as it is might cease to exist. I assume it will be restored and re-opened, but it would be quite a different museum, perhaps the one dedicated to Russian cultural heritage”, Kocherga said.       

She said that the information about the allegedly collapsed rooftop of the museum was false; however, there still are problems. “There’s a crack in the ceiling and several stones fell out of there. But the museums staff won’t tell you anything about that. The building actually needs to be repaired”, the museum’s founder said.

Previously, Russia, in breach of the international law, considered 220 places of interest across Crimea its own cultural and historical heritage. Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture claimed that the illegitimate decision of the Russian Federation has no legal consequences and violates the norms of international law. 

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