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September 18, 2016 Russia to hold elections to the State Duma. I wish these elections brought the positive changes only. I wish that the people of Russia were able to elect MPs who do not profess imperial chauvinism. I wish elected MPs had the courage to abolish the decisions, made by the previous parliament, which led to the war and caused the seizure of foreign territories and thousands of deaths!
As a result of such actions, Crimean Tatars became the hostages of occupation of their historical homeland. Russian President Putin said that "Crimean Tatars should not be a bargaining chip in this situation." Participation in elections and violation of all international norms is nothing but an attempt to use our people as a bargaining chip.
This also goes contradicts the political and moral principles of Crimean Tatars who have not accepted the illegal annexation of Crimea. Amid continuing repressions and intimidations, ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, abductions and killings, illegal searches, illegal arrests, imprisonments and putting into a "mental hospital" tens of Crimean Tatars, do we have the right to treat invader loyally?! Would such actions be normal if the entire world condemns the actions of the Russian authorities? No!
I want to remind the Kremlin puppets: Crimean Tatars have experienced many difficulties, but they did not break down! Yes, some of us will die, and some would be deported, defending the right for freedom and the right to choose how to build the future! Crimean Tatars are not going to live in the "prison of nations," and they are not going to relate their future with Russia.