On May 18, Ukraine marks the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Genocide against the Crimean Tatar People. The day recalls the 1944 deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar people from their homeland. This is no formal remembrance of a tragedy somewhere back in the distant past. Today, 75 years after Joseph Stalin’s monstrous act of genocide, many Crimean Tatars are once again in forced exile; others are imprisoned in occupied Crimea or Russia for their civic activism or simply for their faith. Even remembrance in groups has been effectively banned since immediately after Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea five years ago.
75th anniversary of the genocidal Crimean Tatar deportation
By Ukrainian Weekly Editor6 Mins Read