Staunton, August 3 – The Second World Congress of the Crimean Tatar People which ended yesterday in Ankara shows why the Crimean Tatars as the most consistent opponents of the Russian Anschluss are a real asset for Ukraine and why their movement, which the Kremlin has tried so hard to disrupt, represents a large and growing problem for Moscow.
Both practically and ideologically, Andrey Strelets says on Novy Region-2 today, this latest meeting shows that the Crimean Tatars are going to be more active in pushing their agenda than they have been and that they have good reason to expect that their arguments will resonate internationally (nr2.ru/News/politics_and_society/Krymskie-tatary-nanesli-udar-Kremlyu-102926.html
As it has done so often elsewhere, Moscow has sought to use its own agents and “useful idiots” among Crimean Tatars to argue its case. But as “people of the older generation remember,” Moscow set up the Anti-Zionist Committee of Soviet Society to oppose Jewish emigration from the USSR. These pocket Crimean Tatar groups are only a new iteration of that.
Indeed, Strelets continues, Moscow has been “forced to imitate ‘a solution of the problems’ of the Crimean Tatars” by appointing people to front jobs and creating “a Potemkin village with dancing and singing ‘aborigines.’” Such people do not enjoy the support of the Crimean Tatar people as the just-concluded Congress shows.
But what is most important of all, the Kyiv commentator suggests, is that the Crimean Tatars will never want to be part of the Russian Federation even if by some miracle the economic disaster there were to be overcome. They associate Russia today with the USSR and the Russian Empire, and those associations are anything but good.
Either people in the Kremlin do not understand that or act as if they don’t, but the fact is this, as the Congress showed: “The Crimean Tatars for the last 300 years have developed their own immunity to the kind of difficulties [they face now] because they survived both the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.”
They will survive Putin’s Russia and help bring to an end the illegal Russian Anschluss of their homeland.