The prosecutor's office signed a report on suspicion of the crime of Crimean Tatar people and representatives of other nationalities' deportation from Crimean ASSR territory, reported the press secretary of the Prosecutor General Larysa Sargan on Facebook.
"In December 2015, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea started an investigation into the criminal proceedings in connection with the forcible resettlement of the Crimean Tatar people and representatives of other national groups from the territory of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1944. The specificity of this criminal proceeding is that 73 years have passed since that serious crime, finding the main evidence base in the territory of other states and the need to establish number number of victims and witnesses," the General Prosecutor's Office stated.
However, in order to restore historical justice in the shortest possible time, the investigators of the prosecutor's office exerted maximum efforts to obtain conclusive evidence of the guilt of the Soviet authorities.
For a year and a half during the pre-trial investigation, 53 requests were sent to state archives, 52 to higher education institutions and 67 to scientific libraries. The information was collected in all state institutions on the territory of Ukraine. The received data was processed, after which 103 protocols of inspection of the specified documents were compiled.
"We also sent requests for international legal assistance to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation with the purpose of obtaining copies of the necessary archival documents, establishing and questioning possible witnesses," Sargan said.
To date, more than 250 families of potential victims have been identified, and this is more than 1,000 people.
As witnesses and victims, 63 people were interrogated, of which 45 were residents of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.