The new Crimean Tatar deportation: one at a time

The 9th August is International Day of Indigenous Peoples. Russia marked the day by denying another Crimean Tatar the right to his historic homeland.

It is hard not to conclude that Russia is implementing a new policy of deportation of the Crimean Tatars, one at a time, starting at the top. But in fact Russia has already deported this entire nation all over again, by incorporating the Crimean Tatars’ homeland into the Russian Federation where the vast majority have no desire to live.

The Crimean Tatars fought for fifty years for the right to live in their homeland. Now their home has suddenly become another country, whose government is steadily denying them their rights as indigenous people – and just as people.

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Crimean Tatars in exile in Uzbekistan and Siberia, 1950s (Crimean Tatar art museum, Simferopol)

Crimean Tatars in exile in Uzbekistan and Siberia, 1950s (Crimean Tatar art museum, Simferopol)

 

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