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For Russia, the Crimean Tatars are an unwanted part of the population - Bariiev

13 January 2021

The Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Eskender Bariiev, in an interview with Apostrophe TV media agency, commenting on the sentences to the defendants in the so-called Bilohirsk Hizb ut-Tahrir case, said that for Russia the Crimean Tatars are an unwanted part of the population, therefore the occupants are beginning to use their legislation, to intimidate the Crimean Tatar people.

 

“Initially, when the Russian Federation began to occupy Crimea, it tried to show that the Crimean Tatar people as such did not exist. And tried to call it either the Crimean Tatars, or the Tatar diaspora, etc. Therefore, we are actively working at the international level so that all international documents clearly sound “Crimean Tatar people”, - he stressed.

Bariiev recalled that it was the indigenous Crimean Tatar people who showed their position back in March 2014 when they completely ignored the referendum and did not participate in all political processes to this day.

“It is clear that for Russia the Crimean Tatars are an unwanted part of the population, and therefore they are beginning to use their legislation. I believe that Hizb ut-Tahrir is, first of all, a pretext on the basis of which it is possible to intimidate the Crimean Tatar people and facilitate their indirect deportation, that is, displacement outside the Crimea”,- the expert explained.

The head of the board of the CTRC concluded that new sentences, detentions on the Kerch bridge and other factors are yet another proof that the Russian aggressor is carrying out racial discrimination and even genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.