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Tatars remember WW2 Crimea deportation victims

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By Euronews
Tatars remember WW2 Crimea deportation victims

<p>Ceremonies marking the 71st anniversary of the deportation of Tatars have taken place in both Kyiv and Crimea.</p> <p>In 1944 almost 200,000 people were forced from their homes on the Black Sea peninsular to Uzbekistan by Josef Stalin on suspicion of aiding Nazi invaders.</p> <p>Today’s commemorations have become politically charged in the light of last year’s annexation by Russia.</p> <p>In Kyiv the commemorations were held in Maiden Square and at the National Opera. </p> <p>The majority of Crimean Tatars opposed the annexation and boycotted the referendum on joining Russia.</p> <p>The former head of the now closed Crimean Tatar parliament Refat Chubarov also gave an address. He talked of a state aggressor which has started open repressions aimed at the physical and spiritual destruction of the indigenous people of Crimea. </p> <p>While President Putin has made a good will gesture towards Crimean Tatars by signing a decree guaranteeing them autonomous rights, Tatars used the deportation anniversary to protest against what they see as an “increasingly restricted life”:<br /> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/25/-sp-russia-crimean-tatars-soviet-ukraine</p>