In Simferopol on the eve of the anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars which began i64 years ago on 18 May 1944 two thousand candles were lit in memory of the victims of that terrible crime
There are 427 Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea and the Crimean police have sent a letter to city and district administrations speaking of the need to find money to pay for civil security for the graveyards in cooperation with the local police
“Representatives of the UNHCR expressed strong concern over recent events in the Crimea, and how these are presented in a number of Crimean and nationwide media outlets”, the Mejilis states
The Acting Head of the Crimean Police has issued an order to place all Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea under guard. This was announced on Friday following the latest attack on a cemetery near Simferopol
Another Muslim cemetery in the Crimea, this time in the settlement of Chistenke near Simferopol, was desecrated in the morning of Friday 11 April
According to member of the executive committee of the Alushta Regional Mejilis Emir Voyenny, who witnessed the eviction, 16 families were evicted from their homes
Police suspect people linked with the Cossack unit “Sobol” to be behind the major attack on a Muslim Cemetery of the Nizhnyohirske settlement in the Crimea
The Crimean Economic Court has ordered the Simferopol City Council to conclude a lease agreement within ten days with the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of the Crimea for the landsite on Yaltynska St
They are calling for the issue of repatriants to be considered at the Council of Europe conference on Ukraines regional development to be held in Yalta in April this year.
16.10.07 | Refat Chubarov
This world is held in place by people with conscience and a sense of justice, with gratitude and by those who remember. Today in the Crimea as well as beyond there are hundreds and hundreds of Petro Grigorenkos friends
At the present time between 1 and 1.5 thousand Crimean Tatars return each year. Larger numbers will probably depend on conditions in the Central Asian republics to which the Tatars were deported over 62 years ago
On Thursday evening activists of the Crimean Tatar Youth Centre organized and took part in a candle ceremony entitled ““Light a candle in your heart” in memory of the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars from the Crimea in May 1944.
On the 63rd anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars ceremonies to honour the victims are to be held today and tomorrow throughout the Crimea
The unveiling ceremony in the settlement of Mizhvodne was timed to coincide with the 63rd anniversary of the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars which began on 18 May 1944
In Simferopol on 22 February, Viktor Yushchenko personally handed the award “For courage”, First class, to activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement and former dissident Ayshe Seitmuratova.
Chechens are today, 23 February, honouring the memory of those who died as a result of the deportation of the entire Chechen and Ingush population in 1944. Ceremonies have been taking place throughout the day in mosques and in all populated areas of Chechnya.
The President believes that passing this law “will clarify the response to such key issues as the status of formerly deported individuals, the procedure for gaining this, as well as regulation through current legislation of such questions as land relations, social compensation, etc.
Refat Chubarov has asked the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg to initiate an investigation by the Council of the issue around the restoration of the rights of the formerly deported Crimean Tatars.
The resettlement took place as a result of artificially provoked antagonism between Poles and Ukrainians on the border region between the two countries in which thousands of civilians from both sides died
Remembering NADIYA SVITLYCHNA