Crimean Tatar memorial desecrated in annexed Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Employees of public services tried to remove the problem "quietly" without public resonance
18:44, 21 October 2015

The unknown sprayed with yellow paint a plaque dedicated to the victims of Crimean Tatars deportation in 1944,

"At 9 o'clock in the morning local people noticed that the memorial is spoiled with yellow paint. Employees of public services were already standing at that place, trying to remove the paint," said one of the witnesses. He suggests that local authorities thus wanted to eliminate the problem "quietly" that is why the public servicemen were first who came to the place. Local residents did not allow to remove paint and just forget about this incident. They asked to call the police to record the case. Security officials, who came to the place, recorded the fact of desecration of the memorial. But still there is no certainty about opening the investigation into the vandalism.

Acts of vandalism against the Crimean Tatar memorials and shrines take palce regularly and self-proclaimed authorities do not try to investigate the cases and punish the vandals. For example, the suspects in the arson of mosques, which took place two years ago, are still not found.

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