Crimean Tatar Resource Center


Crimean Tatars must see perspective in order to continue their struggle - Bariiev

1 March 2021

Head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, head of the department of legal and foreign affairs of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariiev in an interview with the Kyiv TV channel stressed that after 7 years of occupation of Crimea, the Crimean Tatar people continue to fight for the return of the peninsula to Ukraine, but activists must see the future.

“Let's move on to the policy of our government. During all these 7 years we have talked a lot about the strategy, but we still do not have a Strategy for de-occupation, we have talked a lot about de-occupation laws, but during all this time, only two laws have been adopted on the Donbas and the ARC. Where are our actions? In 2014, the Russian Federation created the Ministry for Crimea and has already managed to liquidate it, since it completed certain tasks. We went for a very long time so that we had a central executive body for the de-occupation of Crimea. And even now the Ministry of Integration does not have a department for Crimea”,- he said.

During the discussion Bariiev asked the question: “Why should the Crimean Tatars defend Ukraine in Crimea today?” First of all, they must see the perspective, they must see what needs to be fought for. According to the expert, at least the law “On Indigenous Peoples” should be adopted.

Also, the Head of the Board of the CTRC presented to the interlocutors a methodology for assessing the feasibility of introducing personal sanctions against persons who cooperate with the occupation administrations of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories.

“Obtaining a passport is a compulsory measure. Working at school is a compulsory measure, and necessary, because our children need to get an education. Another question is how proactive they are, how much they lead a pro-Russian ideology and how much they pose a threat to the Ukrainian people and state”,- he explained.