Staunton, December 28 – Vladimir Konstantinov, chairman of the State Council of Crimea, said yesterday that the Kyrym movement, a Crimean Tatar organization the Russian occupation authorities created as an alternative to the Mejlis, “must become part of state power” in order to address the problems of that community.
Konstantinov’s words are clearly intended to wean more Crimean Tatars away from the Mejlis which remains unalterably opposed to the Russian occupation by demonstrating to them and others that Moscow will give that ethnic community a greater voice in the management of its own affairs (qha.com.ua/konstantinov-dvijenie-kirim-doljno-stat-chastyu-vlasti-142112.html).
Indeed, it is likely that his remarks mark the beginning of a propaganda effort to do precisely that. But the Russian official’s words may have exactly the opposite effect by reminding everyone that Kyrym is in fact nothing more than an administrative arm of the occupation and thus no more to be trusted than any other part of that structure.
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