PARTICIPATION OF THE FIRST DEPUTY MINISTER YUSUF KURKCHI IN THE ROUND TABLE «RELICS OF CRIMEA – CURRENT STATE OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF UKRAINE»
On 29th of May 2019 in News Agency UKRINFORM with the participation of the First Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Yusuf Kurkchi, a Round Table was held on the topic: «Relics of Crimea - current state of the cultural heritage of Ukraine» with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation
During the event, key problems of preserving the cultural heritage of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea were discussed, the effectiveness of Government actions to protect it and the possibility of implementing additional mechanisms in this area were considered.
In his speech Yusuf Kurkchi noted the importance of continuous monitoring of violations of international law on cultural heritage in the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopil, in particular, with the help of a special UNESCO mission. He also stressed the need to attract international sites to ensure prompt response to the facts of illegal excavations, reconstructions, export objects of cultural heritage from Crimea.
«During the period of 2014-2018 the Ministry for Culture of Russia accepted more than 90 permit orders for archaeological excavations in temporarily occupied territory of The Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopil».
At the end of his speech, the First Deputy Minister reported that in May 2019 the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences published a research «Crimea-Tavrida» in two editions, dedicated to the results of excavations conducted in 2017-2018.
«The Russian Federation is increasing the pace of archaeological excavations in Crimea, while scope, quality and regulations on carrying out activities cannot be currently estimated in Ukraine», said Y. Kurkchi.
The MTOT, within the competence monitors the situation of cultural heritage in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. Information on violations, conducting «scientific conferences”, illegal «restoration» is sent to the prosecution authorities.
By the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated 19 March 2019 No. 82, the decision on implementation of sanctions by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has been put into effect to a number of individuals and legal bodies, in particular, at the initiative of the MTOT to a number of citizens of the Russian Federation, which participated in illegal archaeological excavations within the territory Crimea (23 individuals identified).
Furthermore, the MTOT currently initiated implementation of restrictive measures to 28 legal entities of scientific and museum institutions, representatives of which participated in illegal archaeological excavations in temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopil. The draft of the relevant Act is sent for approval to concerned State bodies, at which point it will be sent for review to the Government.