CrimeaSOS: the occupiers aim at ousting the Crimean Tatars from their native land

19 / 05 / 2023

In different eras, russia tried to push the Crimean Tatars out of their homeland as much as possible, using various methods. CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko talked about it at the press conference “War crimes against the Crimean Tatars – the signature of those who carried out the deportation in 1944”.

“If we talk about the entire chronology of the persecution, recalling today’s anniversaries, the Crimean Tatars have three dates from which the tragic countdown of their history is carried out: 1783, 1944, 2014. In each of these eras, the methods of persecution may have differed, but there was a common goal – the maximum displacement of the Crimean Tatar people from their land”, – said Yevhenii Yaroshenko. 

The occupiers used a considerable arsenal of methods to oppress the Crimean Tatar people. These were administrative arrests, fines in administrative proceedings, politically motivated criminal prosecutions, deportation of prisoners outside their native land, etc. 

Since the fall of 2014, Crimean Tatars, who according to various data make up 13% of the population of Crimea, disproportionately often suffer from such a terrible crime and gross violation of human rights as enforced disappearances.

“At the initial stage, at the beginning of the occupation of Crimea, they were mainly pro-Ukrainian activists, then since the fall (2014) they were mainly Crimean Tatars. Moreover, these were both members of the Mejlis and their relatives, and there could also be random people who did not stand out for social and political activity”, – said Yevhenii Yaroshenko. 

The event was held for the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Crimean Tatars Genocide. The recording of the video broadcast of the press conference can be viewed here


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