Crimean Tatar Vedzhie Kashka: Survived deportation, but did not survive occupation

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Source : 112 Ukraine

Vedzhie Kashka died in Crimea at the age of 83
11:44, 24 November 2017

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In her 83, Vedzhie Kashka has suffered a lot, including challenging by a Soviet repressive machine. But she could not stand the test by the Federal Security Service of Russia.

"In fact, she does not know the exact date of her birth, but April 24 is also not an accidental date in her life: this is the day she first set foot on the Crimean land after the deportation," daughter of the deputy chairman of the Mejlis Ayshe Umerova wrote.

Vedzhie and her husband, Bekir, joined the Crimean Tatar national movement in the early 50's of the last century. Later, they were waiting for the struggle to return to the peninsula.

Related: FSB holds searches at houses of Crimean Tatars

In 1969, Kashka family moved to the village Jemrek (Kizilovka) of the Karasubazar (Belogorsky) region, and three months later they were again sent out of Crimea. At the same time, as specified in the media, two years later, their young son died of a shock.

After the death of the son, Kashka family secretly bought a house in the Uchkoza (Novoklovenovka). Husband of Vedzhie Kashka died in 2012, and Vedzhie herself lived in the Uchkoza until this day.

Kashka said she had sought the help of Academician Andriy Sakharov because of a criminal case.

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In 1974, they opened a case against her for violating the passport regime. The wife of General Petro Grygorenko (a well-known military man, later a dissident and founder of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group). advised to address to Saharov.

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Kashka and Sakharov met in Moscow, the academician wrote a letter to Shcherbytsky (a well-known Soviet state official, deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR).

"Six months later we were registered in Crimea. If Sakharov did not help us, probably the third time I would be expelled from Crimea," Kashka said.

In addition, she actively assisted General Grygorenko until his departure abroad.

In 2014, 80-year-old Kashka was summoned for questioning to the FSB department. It referred to the "May 3 case" when a group of Crimean Tatars met Mustafa Dzhemilev on the border of occupied Crimea.

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According to the woman, on December 10 she had to go to the hospital - she had a sick heart, but she could not ignore FSB “invitation.”

Related: Russian law enforcers search house of teacher of Crimean Tatar language in Crimea

"I had to stay out of the hospital, I am not a coward, I am not hiding and I have never been hiding, so I have come, but I do not know why I was invited," said Vedzhie Kashka.

As a result, the interrogation did not take place, and the FSB "promised not to call a woman anymore."

Ten days ago in the house of Vedzhie Kashka a large prayer service (dua) was held. It is a tradition according to which the Crimean Tatars come together to pray for the compatriots who are in trouble and the cloudless future of the people.

Unfortunately, the future of the Crimean Tatar people in today's realities on the peninsula does not look cloudless at all.

Related: The New York Times refuses to correct map with ‘disputed’ Crimea

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