CrimeaSOS: it is forbidden to raise the Crimean Tatar flag in Crimean schools

9 / 08 / 2023

The occupation administration of Crimea has banned the raising of the Crimean Tatar flag together with the flag of the russian federation and the so-called “republic of Crimea” on the school gatherings in the peninsula. CrimeaSOS learned about this from its own sources.

In addition, it is forbidden to plan some events in schools, for example, for the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Genocide of the Crimean Tatar People on May 18. A special commission will work in Crimean Tatar schools before the memorial dates, since the planning of such events will be considered as preparation for provocations.

According to CrimeaSOS, there was no written order banning the flag, but schools were visited by people “from the administration”, that is, the so-called head of Crimea Serhii Aksionov. When asked why the flag could not be raised, they answered that it was “not enshrined anywhere, there are only the flag of the russian federation and the “republic of Crimea”.

In less than a month, the 2023-2024 school year will begin in Crimea. According to Ilmi Umerov, the deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the number of Crimean Tatar schools on the peninsula decreased sharply after the occupation of Crimea by russia.

“There are seven national schools left in Crimea, but in reality there are none left, because education is conducted in russian, and the Crimean Tatar language is studied as a subject”, – he said in 2021.

At the same time, since the beginning of the occupation, russia has been steadily engaged in the militarization of education in schools on the peninsula.

We remind you that on June 25, 2023, the occupying russian police stopped a motorcade with Crimean Tatar flags in the Bilohirsk area of the peninsula. Three people were detained: Rustem Kurnosov, Enver Useinov and Ebabil Ibrahimov. 

The so-called Bilohirsk District Court found Rustem Kurnosov and Enver Useinov guilty of an administrative offense under Article 20.2 Part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the russian federation. Each was fined. According to CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko, the policy of persecuting Crimean Tatars for national symbols violates a number of international norms


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