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Crimean Tatars Fear a Future Under Russia

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Marginalized during centuries of Russian rule, Crimea's indigenous ethnic group is sounding alarm bells about Moscow's intentions.


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Past Member (0)
Friday March 14, 2014, 3:55 am
You asked like it's there homeland, but at one time they were invaders. The Cimmerians, Bulgars, Greeks, Scythians, Goths, Huns, Khazars, the state of Kievan Rus', Byzantine Greeks, Kipchaks, Ottoman Turks, Golden Horde Tatars and the Mongols each controlled Crimea in its earlier history. In the 13th century, it was partly controlled by the Venetians and by the Genoese; they were followed by the Crimean Khanate and the Ottoman Empire in the 15th to 18th centuries, the Russian Empire in the 18th to 20th centuries, Germany during World War II and the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and later the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, within the Soviet Union during the rest of the 20th century until Crimea became part of independent Ukraine with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Probably would feel safer in Romania.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 14, 2014, 5:02 am
Noted, ty.

Rhonda B (99)
Friday March 14, 2014, 7:23 am
Noted Cal.

Leanne B (46)
Friday March 14, 2014, 12:53 pm
Thanks Cal.

Birgit W (160)
Friday March 14, 2014, 1:39 pm
Thanks for the article Cal.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday March 14, 2014, 3:28 pm
Thanks Cal.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday March 14, 2014, 3:29 pm
Thank you for the article.

Nancy C (806)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:35 pm
ty Cal

Parsifal S (99)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 12:15 am

lol - a likely story...

as if !

someone sucks the anti russian propaganda out of his fingers.

Has anyone of the commenters here EVER been to Crimea and met Tartars ?

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 1:56 am
Difficult choices are ahead of them.In the present climate it's not wise to rock the boat and bring unwanted attention to them selves.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 3:31 am
Yes, I have. I consulted at the VTB bank. But I have to say my wife was Russian. There is a reason they are liked no more than the Chechens.

Wolfgang W (228)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 5:18 am
The above article in my opinion is nothin but fox news like western propaganda - the Crimea is Russian in the majority of its population, the Tatars form up to 12% and always felt okay there as well as in other parts of Russia. Read the Budapest Contract of 1994 signed by Ukraine, Russia as well as USA and UK. Russians and Ukrainians always were bothers even if one of them now like to show his muscles. PEACE and Unity to Ukraine, American's better keep their hands and dollars off.

Parsifal S (99)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 8:07 am

Dear Ukrainians !



Parsifal S (99)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 8:08 am

If you live in the Crimea, you would rather want to remain a part of Ukraine, where an illegal putsch-regime in power in Kiev ruled, where oligarchs continue to pull strings as before, where the head of government is clearly a puppet of the US-EU NATO, where Nazis head four ministries, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, where the IMF will force quite painful austerity measures and therefore people will impoverish even more, the Russian language is rejected ?
Or will you join rather Russia, which has a long and good relationship with the Crimea ?
I think the answer is clear.

Parsifal S (99)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 8:30 am

This oh-so-moral and good West led by Washington, performs an illegal war after another, intervened in dozens of countries at will, taking care a damn about the sovereignty of states, flies with killer drones everywhere and murdered civilians from the air, operates a torture prison at Guantanamo, spying, eavesdropping on the whole world with the NSA, threatens countries that do not heave with war and sanctions, raping and pillaging all the resources of the world, but has the chutzpah to teach Russia a lesson in international law.

And now the narration of the Crimean Tatars who all of a sudden would develop chiraptophobia and complain that they do not so likely wish to move closer to the Soviet Union, oh, err, maybe it should be mentioned, the age of the commies is over for two decades (the neo-con fear mongering has changed from commies to Islamophobia and is well-installed in our minds) and the country has experienced Perestrojka plus a new form of government under President Putin who has newborn the Russian Federation: Bad luck, dear Tartars, because as in any true democracy just the majority will decide.

Good luck tomorrow Crimeans, you're wonderful people and deserve real freedom beyond EUSSR-USSA-NATO influence and meddling in internal affairs

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Saturday March 15, 2014, 9:55 am

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 10:54 am
Peace and Freedom are a long way off in this region.

Lona G (66)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 1:35 pm
Thank you Cal, for this article. I've seen interviews with Crimean Tartars and a report on the history of these people on the Dutch TV, that were made by independent (Dutch) journalists just a day before the Russians invaded Crimea, and the feelings these people expressed in those news items were quite akin to your article.
Many have only returned in the 90s from Uzbekistan where Stalin had deported them because they are Muslim, so they may have reason to fear another era of persecution and deportation under Putin for the same reason.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 4:22 pm
Unfortunately, the recreation of the USSR has been Putin's plan all along, but now he is showing that he means business about it. I believe, I hope erroneously, that the rest of the former USSR has not taken him seriously enough before this. I sincerely hope they will take him seriously now. It has been said that Putin is not all there, but then neither were Napoleon or Hitler and look what they accomplished.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 12:49 pm
With all that the Tartars experienced under the former Soviet Union, they have good reason to oppose and fear the return of the Crimea to Russia. I feel for not only the Tartars but also for all people of the Ukraine who do not wish to return to the strangling hold of the Russian bear.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 2:57 pm
Thank you.

edward jagusiak (25)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 9:31 pm
Brighton Beach Brooklyn is predominantly Russian, should Putin confiscate it too? Sept. 1st 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland with guess who? Are you still ththirsting for more blood with your long history of war Russia? Enough already.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday March 17, 2014, 11:22 am
Ukrainians fear a future under US funded violent no-facist leaders who hired snipers to shoot protesters.

Melania P (123)
Monday March 17, 2014, 2:22 pm
What a mess....

Past Member (0)
Monday March 17, 2014, 7:07 pm
It's not that Tartars liked Ukrainians more. They just hope it will be easier to fight them.

Parsifal S (99)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:11 pm
On March 16, the Crimean referendum took place without any fighting or clashes, which Kiev and Washington were hoping to use to discredit the process.

As a result, the referendum was conducted without major problems; 83 percent of the population cast their vote and 96.7 percent of them - Russians, Ukrainians and even some Tatars - voted for secession from Ukraine and annexation to Russia. The vote was observed by 135 representatives of 23 countries and 240 observers represented the Crimean civic society and political parties.

They unanimously confirmed that there were no significant violations and that everyone could vote freely, without any pressure.

All night, people on the squares of the Crimean capital Simferopol and others were celebrating, laughing, hugging, dancing, and firing fireworks. In Kiev, all were sulking.

In Washington DC, the best minds of the Obama administration were feverishly thinking how else to make it more difficult for the recalcitrant citizens of Crimea. They will definitely think of something since they have a lot of experience in doing so. After all, Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, Libyans and the Lebanese have long stopped celebrating.
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