Paul Goble's article on the Deportation Anniversary
Crimean Tatars to Protest Ukrainian Actions on Deportation Anniversary
Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 10 Issue: 94
May 17, 2013 04:49 PM Age: 5 hrs
By: Paul Goble
Billboard commemorating the 69th anniversary of the Crimean Tatars' deportation by Joseph Stalin (Source: Telegraph)
Tomorrow (May 18) marks the 69th anniversary of Joseph Stalin’s deportation of the Crimean Tatar nation from their homeland on trumped-up charges of collaboration with the Germans during World War II. And once again, Crimean Tatars and their friends around the world will mark that sad date with solemn meetings and public demonstrations. But this year, faced with a deteriorating situation in their homeland caused by Ukrainian and Russian officials, they will be holding their most important protests for the first time at Ukrainian diplomatic missions in Europe and presenting a petition demanding that Kyiv intervene to allow the more than 100,000 Crimean Tatars still in exile in Uzbekistan to return to their homeland and to resolve the problems facing those already there, including allowing them to recover lands that were taken from them, massive unemployment, education in their native language, and an end to widespread prejudice and discrimination by Ukrainian and Russian officials.
Forwarded by: Inci Bowman, Washington, DC