Muslim graves desecrated


During the night from 9 to 10 February, all the gravestones in the central Muslim cemetery of the Nizhnegorsky settlement in the Crimea were destroyed.  According to the Head of the Nizhnegorsky Mejilis, Mustafa Salmanov, one of the members of the Mejilis alerted him in the morning.

More than 220 gravestones were totally destroyed, and the fence around the cemetery was partially ruined.  Mustafa Salmanov also said that the perpetrators had killed the dog who was the only guard of the cemetery since the communal services do not provide security for any cemeteries, Muslim or Christian.

The attack was reported immediately to the regional department of the Security Service [SBU], the police and the prosecutor’s office.  They sent out people immediately and an investigation is now underway.

Members of the community are convinced that this was not the work of one or two vandals, but a planned attack.

Press Service of the Mejilis of the Crimean Tatars

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