Staunton, June 18 – In the wake of this weekend’s violence, all 900 Roma from there have now left Chemodanovka for locations beyond the border of Penza oblast. But there is now a debate as to how “voluntary” their departure was or whether as a result of official pressure, it rose to the level at which it could be described as “a deportation.”
Roma leader Artur Gorbatov said the Roma had moved on their own volition, desirous of avoiding further conflicts (rusmonitor.com/vsjo-cyganskoe-naselenie-pokinulo-chemodanovku-28-cygan-arestovano.htmlnewsru.com/russia/18jun2019/gypsy_penz.html).
The After Empire portal, based abroad, however, described what has happened as the return to Russia of “ethnic deportations” (afterempire.info/2019/06/18/deportacija/
windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2015/10/yagnobs-last-nation-soviets-deported.html). It now appears that post-Soviet Russia has continued this horrific tradition with the Roma.