Staunton, May 18 – Seventy-seven years ago today, Stalin deported the Crimean Tatars from their homeland in dramatic fashion, and every year since, Crimean Tatars have marked this anniversary. Now, Putin is repeating Stalin’s crime but in slow motion, raising the question of what the anniversary of his actions will be.
But on this anniversary, the first since the easing of the pandemic, Crimean Tatars both in the homeland and abroad have stressed the commonality of the actions of Stalin and Putin and appealed for support from the international community (gordonua.com/blogs/turchynov/krymskih-tatar-ne-slomala-totalitarnaya-sovetskaya-imperiya-ne-udastsya-eto-i-rossiyskim-potomkam-nkvdshnikov-1553729.html).
They and their supporters have expressed confidence that what Stalin could not do, erase the Crimean Tatars from history, Putin will not be able to do either and that the day is not far off when there will a Crimean Tatar state either within a secure and independent Ukraine or self-standing among the countries of the world.
Across Crimea and despite the opposition of the illegal Russian occupiers, Crimean Tatars took part in a flashmob in which they came out of their homes holding signs recalling Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 1783, Stalin’s deportation in 1944, and Putin’s Anschluss of their homeland in 2014 (doshdu.com/krymskie-tatary-v-chest-godovshhiny-deportacii-vyshli-s-listovkami-protiv-repressij/