MIP: Centre for Studying Ukrainian-Crimean Tatar Literature and History Created in Chernihiv Region
On September 12, the regional initiative of solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people, namely the creation of the Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Friendship Community Birlik in the Chernihiv region was presented at the Ukrinform news agency.
According to Yulia Kazdobina, Adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine on Information Reintegration of Crimea, the establishment of such a community was a very important step in times Ukraine was now experiencing as well as amid changes taking place in Ukraine’s policy towards the Crimean Tatars.
“Finally the state is beginning to pay heed to the indigenous people of Crimea. We see the drafting of constitutional amendments, and we see the drafting of legislation as to the status of the Crimean Tatar people.
“It is very important that these processes are happening at the same time,” Kazdobina noted.
Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and people’s deputy of Ukraine, said that “[t]his was not just an initiative – these are people who return to their history.”
Mykola Cherep, Head of the Ichnia District Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Friendship Society Birlik, head of NGO “Entrepreneur of the Ichnia Raion” and a member of the Community of Local Historians of Ukraine, showed memorial coins where a trident and a tamga are depicted together – “a remarkable system for cooperation between the Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars.”
It is noted that the in early September the Ichnia District Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Friendship Society Birlik was registered.
The Society’s key activities are going to be concerned with studying Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar literature as well as the two people’s history.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
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