Another Muslim grave desecrated in the Crimea



The Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of the Crimea reports that another Muslim grave has been desecrated.  In the village of Korbekul near Alushta the gravestone of the Muslim holy man Aziz Devletli Baba was smashed.

Mustafa Devletov from the Spiritual Directorate says that the broken remains of the memorial to Aziz were discovered on 18 September. He believes the act of vandalism was committed during the night since they would not have dared to do such a thing when they could be seen. The police have been called.

The grave of the holy man is often visited by believers. Around 3 years ago the gravestones were restored, and a holding wall had previously been erected.

“We note with sorrow that such acts of desecration of the memory of ancestors and holy places of the Crimean Tatar people have become more frequent in recent times. The work of the law enforcement bodies is not efficient enough and as a result impunity provokes vandals to more and more crimes. Just a month ago, on 13 August 2011 the gravestone of the holy man Eslender – Kyarla Aziz was smashed and thrown into the reservoir near the village of Otarchyk (Novoulyanovka) in the Bakhchysarai district.”, the Spiritual Directorate’s Press Service states.

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