Dzhaparova: Crimes Against Crimean Tatar People ‘Traditional’ for Russian Authorities
On 27 April 2018, a round table ‘Investigation the 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People: Problems and Prospects,” organized by the NGO Crimean Tatar Resource Centre with the support of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, was held at the press centre of the news agency Ukrinform.
“The 1944 deportation of the Crimean Tatar people is a crime with no time limit. What we are seeing in Crimea now is the continuation of Stalin-time events. Again, Crimean Tatars are in a situation where they are completely deprived of their rights and, in fact, endangered,” the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, noted in her speech.
She added that repressions against Crimean Tatars by Russia are known to have started as far back as 1783, when Crimea was annexed by the Russian Empire for the first time and nearly a third of Crimean Tatar population were forced out of the peninsula.
“Such crimes are traditional for Russia whatever the historical period and form of government. This imperial treatment of peoples – be it Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar or whatever. And now, Ukrainians together with Crimean Tatars have to fight for their right to identity,” Ms Dzhaparova concluded.
The round table was also attended by Eskender Bariev, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and head of the NGO Crimean Tatar Resource Centre; Gulnara Bekirova, Crimean historian and member of PEN Ukraine; Mykola Kniazhytskyi, Ukraine’s MP, and other political and civil activists.
During the event, a documentary Witnesses of the 1944 Genocide was presented.
On 18-21 May 1944, by Stalin’s order, more than 191,000 Crimean Tatars were deported from Crimea to remote regions of the USSR – from Northern Cis-Urals to Central Asian republics.
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