” The invasion of Crimea is a continuation of Soviet policy ”

It has been 7 years since Russia illegally annexed the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to Ukraine. Experts told the AA correspondent what happened in the Crimean Peninsula, which has been among the strategic targets of Russia throughout history, and the repressions of the Crimean Tatar Turks in this region.

Mustafa Abdülcemil Kırımoğlu, the national leader of the Crimean Tatar people and the deputy of Ukraine, stated that 7 years have passed since Russia’s invasion of Crimea, but nothing has improved and that the increasing violations of human rights, unjustified arrests and worsening economic situation forced people to migrate abroad.

Noting that Russia has settled at least half a million people brought from other regions to Crimea, Kırımoğlu said, “There are worse conditions in Crimea than the Soviet Union period at the moment. In Soviet times, people could speak comfortably in their kitchens. At the moment, listening devices to the houses of all Crimeans and mosques. people could not speak anything political, even at home. ” said.

Kırımoğlu stated that two Crimean Tatar Muslims were recently arrested for allegedly speaking against Russia at the mosque, and continued as follows:

“Our two friends who chatted in the mosque were sentenced to 17 and 19 years of imprisonment. They do not have any evidence, they have a practice called ‘secret witness’. However, these secret witnesses are not present in the court. In other words, they can imprison anyone they want with a completely arbitrary practice.”


Kırımoğlu stated that although many decisions have been taken by the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Human Rights organizations in the last 7 years, Russia did not end the occupation and even passed the issue by saying ‘This is our land’.

They realized many international institutions and interviews with government through the Crimean Negotiation Platform formed in Ukraine expressing KIRIMOĞLU, “We have invited a number of state and heads of government of the Ukraine’s independence day in the coming August 23rd. Visit last year, Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelenskiy’n of Turkey, We conveyed this issue to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ” he spoke.

Kırımoğlu stated that they have received the promise from Erdogan that they will participate in the Crimean Negotiation Platform and carry out active work:

“At the international summit that we will hold on the Ukrainian Independence Day, we will negotiate with the heads of state and government for the implementation of the UN resolution on the ‘separation of Russia from the occupied Crimea territory’ on 27 March 2014.”


Refat Chubarov, the President of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly (KTMM), stated that the 7th anniversary of the Crimean occupation was over on February 27, 10 days after Russia’s invasion of the peninsula, that is, on March 6, 2014, the Crimean Parliament accepted the decision of autonomy on March 16, 2014. He explained that the so-called referendum was held in violation of international law.

Stating that it was later understood that all of the deputies who voted “yes” for the referendum were put under pressure by the Russian secret service, Chubarov said, “This referendum was held in violation of both international law and Ukrainian law. This occupation was also signed between Ukraine and Russia.” it also violated the ‘recognition of territorial integrity’ agreement. That is, Russia violated its own laws. ” said.

“For the last 7 years, Crimean Tatars have been crushed under a complete policy of fear and repression,” Chubarov said. he said:

“Hundreds of people were imprisoned on various pretexts and sent to prisons in remote parts of Russia, such as Siberia, Bashkortostan, and the Urals. Many more of our friends are in detention pending trial. Crimean News Agency and Crimean Tatar television channel ATR were forced to leave the country in 2015. Since the water resources of Crimea were used by the Russians, the agricultural activities of the local people were hampered. Thus, a great economic problem began.

Stating that the Russian soldiers raided the houses and forced the Crimean Tatars to migrate, “However, our people, who were in exile from 1944 until 1990, are resisting to leave their homeland. In the last 7 years, about 55 thousand people immigrated from Crimea. Half of them are Tatar people. Because Russia is recruiting youth who reach the age of 18, and conducts brainwashing propaganda. said.


Marmara University Communication Faculty Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Giray Saynur Derman emphasized that those who were most adversely affected by Russia’s occupation and annexation process of Crimea were the true owners of the peninsula, the Crimean Turks.

The European Union (EU) and the United States, invaded the Crimea and policy towards Ukraine so Derman reminiscent impose sanctions against Russia, “like many countries in the world Turkey did not recognize the annexation of this illegal. Government of Turkey Crimea that he considered the territory of Ukraine, he stressed that Crimea’s historical importance for Turkey insisted. ” he spoke.

Derman pointed out that the peninsula, a tourism paradise, with its historical and natural beauty, has become the military base of Russia, seven years after the occupation, continued as follows:

“The people in the region, whose economy is completely dependent on Russia, have become impoverished. The policy of the complete Russification of the Crimean lands is still continuing at full speed. The Russian security officials raided the houses, mosques and schools of the Crimean Types. Green Island Until now, many Crimean Tatar youth have disappeared, were not heard or put in prison. “


Celal İçten, Head of the Crimean Association’s Istanbul Branch, said that although the West and the United States imposed sanctions on Russia for the occupation of Crimea, Russian President Putin continues to enforce the Stalin laws.

Noting that the Kremlin did not want the Turkish identity in Crimea to continue, İçten said that it did so to establish domination in the Black Sea again, and said, “Around 20 old military bases from the Soviet era have now been restored. Modern Russia is resuming its policies of the Soviet Union. ” said.

He stated that Crimean airspace was closed, the freedom of people was restricted, and it became impossible for those without Russian passports to travel abroad. İçten noted the following:

“All the license plate, land records, network bill of applied public pressure to sign up to their system. They began to raid applying pressure to our teachers. Was placed in the Russian educational system to school. We look at children in the Crimea because there is no equivalent in the world of schools in Russia to Turkey for university equivalence was not accepted when it arrived. “

Source: STAR.COM.TR by www.star.com.tr.

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