Crimean Tatars, Still Living In Shadow Of 1944, Invoke Fears Of Ethnic Cleansing | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
RFE/RL has published an excellent news analysis on the situation of the Crimean Tatars. The article includes a video interview with Khatidzhe, a Tatar woman who had been a victim of Stalin’s deportation of Crimean Tatars, discussing her fears for the future.
By Andrei Sharogradsky, Alsu Kurmasheva and Daisy Sindelar
March 22, 2014
SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — Khatidzhe, an elderly Tatar woman living in a small, shabby house in the suburbs of the Crimean capital, admits she suffers from the occasional memory lapse in her old age.
But there are some things she’ll never forget. The German soldiers who locked her family in a room and used their house as lodging during World War II. The chilly suspicion of locals when she and fellow Tatars were later deported to Uzbekistan by Soviet authorities as purported Nazi collaborators. And her anguish when she returned to Crimea in 1991 only to realize her childhood home in the coastal town of Alushta had been seized and long since given away to Russian occupants.
WATCH: Khatidzhe discusses her fears for Crimea’s Tatars.