This year the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea plans to finish criminal proceedings on the case on deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944. This was reported by the prosecutor of Crimea Gyunduz Mamedov in his interview for Ukrainian News.
“This is one of the most burning criminal proceedings being considered in Crimea. We are actively conducting investigations on this case: questioning, expertise. This year we intend to finish criminal proceedings. For us it’s restoration of historical justice,” Mamedov said.
239 thousand people – almost all Crimean Tatar population - were deported from Crimea to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan in May 1944. The official deportation was justified by the alleged involvement of Crimean Tatars in the collaborationist formations that sided with Nazi Germany during the Great Patriotic War. But historians name other, unofficial reasons of the deportation. Among them is the fact that Crimean Tatars had historical ties with Turkey that was viewed by the USSR as a potential opponent.
Earlier it was reported that ten Crimean Tatars arrested for filming searches released. “People are happy they are free, but there are no guarantees they won’t be detained tomorrow with legal grounds,” lawyer Polozov said.