Remember the Date: 18 May 1944 - deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from their homeland

posted 18 May 2017, 10:37 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 May 2017, 10:38 ]
18 May 2017 is the 73rd anniversary of the 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from their homeland. 

From Wikipedia: "The forcible deportation of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea was ordered by Joseph Stalin as a form of collective punishment for alleged collaboration with the Nazi occupation regime in Taurida Subdistrict during 1942–1943. The state-organized removal is known as the Sürgünlik in Crimean Tatar. A total of more than 230,000 people were deported, mostly to the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. This included the entire ethnic Crimean Tatar population, at the time about a fifth of the total population of the Crimean Peninsula, as well as smaller numbers of ethnic Greeks and Bulgarians. A large number of deportees (more than 100,000 according to a 1960s survey by Crimean Tatar activists) died from starvation or disease as a direct result of deportation. It is considered to be a case of ethnic cleansing. For a long time Crimean Tatars and Soviet dissidents called for recognition of the genocide of Crimean Tatars."

Deportation of the Crimean Tatars, Wikipedia
Halya Coynash, '“What was done to you in 1944 has a name. It was genocide”,' Human Rights in Ukraine, 18 May 2017
Halya Coynash, 'Russia Bans Remembrance Events on Anniversary of Crimean Tatar Deportation,' Human Rights in Ukraine, 18 May 2016