Restoration it is when a restorer thinks in terms of art. What is happening now with the Khan Palace in the Russia-occupied Crimea is a reconstruction aimed at its destruction, according to the ex-head of the Republican Committee of the ARC on interethnic relations and deported citizens, Crimean activist Edem Dudakov.

“Restoration it is when the restorer thinks in terms of art. It aims not to embellish, but to infiltrate and preserve the monument of architecture as it was. Even these nails are of cultural value. Here it is not a reconstruction ... According to their logic, one can go and align the Leaning tower of Pisa. Because the masters made a mistake. The same mistake was in the Khan's Palace. However, everything is still standing .... They are just destroying everything,”  he said.

Dudakov once again emphasised on the totally barbarous and vandal attitude of the occupiers to the historical monument of the Crimea.

“What is being done now is demolition. The Palace was to be a UNESCO memorial, but it is treated as a monument of local significance,” he said.

QHA reported that the occupiers in the Crimea with their actions in regard to the Khan Palace are violating the articles of the UNESCO convention. The only Crimean object, included in the UNESCO 2012 presentation project, is being turned into stylized props.

Earlier, the website Avaaz began collecting signatures in defense of the monument of the cultural heritage of the Crimean Tatar people - the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai, which is being destroyed by Russia.

The initiator of the petition was the secretary of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars, the board member of the Crimean Tatar Association of Culture and Mutual Aid in Turkey Namık Kemal Bayar.