May 18, 2019

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Andrew Grigorenko

May 18, 2019, 3:27:03 AM5/18/19
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On May 18, 1944, in the pre-dawn twilight, another crime of communism was committed - a mass deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from its historic homeland began. 15 minutes to pack, and thousands of old people and children began the path to the great national tragedy - the death of half of the Crimean Tatar nation.
The years of hardship and inhuman living conditions failed to break the will of a small but courageous people. Despite the infinite cruelty of the regime, the arrests and prosecutions of the Crimean Tatar people created a national movement for repatriation. However, the native Crimea was in no hurry to open embraces to the indigenous people, and those who dared to repatriate were deported, sentenced to long years of imprisonment,  their houses destroyed. 
Only after the collapse of the USSR and the restoration of Ukrainian independence, the Crimean repatriation took place. The return was not easy, but nevertheless, the Crimean Tatar revival began: entrepreneurship, crafts, national organizations, an independent press, radio and television flourished. All this was crossed out by the invasion of the Russian invaders on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the deportation. The occupiers brought with them repressions, the closure of an independent press and television, extrajudicial abductions and murders, illegal individual deportations and forced emigration. In other words, the Russian occupiers brought to the Crimea on their bayonets unfreedom and the traditional policy of forced Russification.
Today, on the day of the 75th anniversary of the deportation, the Crimean Tatars have to confront the Russian authoritarian machine, but I believe that the Crimean people will win, and the Russian  occupiers will have to leave Crimea and other illegally occupied territories sooner or later
Andrew P. Grigorenko
President of General Petro Grigorenko Foundation
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