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Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, July 4, 2003
KYIV......U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Marie Yovanovitch, of the United
States Embassy in Ukraine, formally presented a multimedia compact disc
containing cultural artifacts of the Crimean Tatars at a ceremony in late
June 2003 held at the Hotel Kyiv's presentation hall.
Leonid Tanyuk, chairman of the parliamentary committee on culture, and
representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and foreign embassies attended
The disc, which contains more than 160 pages of information about the
history and culture of the Crimean Tatars in nine languages, was supported
by the U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.
The nongovernmental organization Commonwealth compiled the disc, which
includes 11 video clips of Crimean Tatar songs and dances, 20 audio tracks
representing various aspects of Crimean Tatar musical culture, and more
than 200 illustrations.
A team of 46 people worked eight months on the project, including
specialists from Ukraine, the United States, Qatar, Germany and France.
Commonwealth runs sustainable development programs in Crimea in the fields
of social and economic development, education, health, art and science.
About 3,000 copies of the disc will be distributed to schools in Crimea and
Ukrainian universities and libraries.
The Fund for Cultural Preservation supports cultural preservation projects
throughout the world. Through the fund, the U.S. Department of State is
helping 51 countries around the globe preserve historic sites and
manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of music, dance and