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Most of the
new directors have little experience in managing museums and
historical
monuments, and Nelya Kukovalskaya, one of the fired directors,
explains the
spate of replacements as an attempt by the ministry to install
people the
ministry can control. But whether or not the replacements were
justified, it is
the fact that they can be hired virtually at the Minister of
Culture’s whim
that has raised the greatest concerns among experts.

 “The
Ministry of Culture needs people who
won’t defend monuments and their protective zones,” said
Kukovalskaya, who was
director of the Sofiya Kiyevska – a UNESCO world heritage site –
from 2000
until she was dismissed this year.

The
Ministry of Culture said it would be unwise to generalize the
reasons the six
directors were replaced. It did say, however, that among them
were ineffective
management, obsolete methods, and violations found upon
inspection.

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