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The Forgotten Nation: Crimean Tatars

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Yunchao Guo

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After being falsely accused of collaborating with Nazi Germany, the entire Crimean Tatar population was forcibly deported to Central Asia by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1944 as a form of collective punishment.
People hold Crimean Tatar flags at a rally near the parliament building in Simferopol on February 26, 2014
The 1944 Deportation
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three parts of their history
social equity process
Conclusion
1. humiliating exile after World War II;
2. tough return in the 1980s and 1990s;
3.rise of status during the new generation.
The Crimean Tatars have been forgotten by international society over many decades. The nation experienced a humiliating exile in 1944; then they struggled back to their home land after the fall of The Soviet Union; nowadays they are on the right track of getting social equity. I believe Crimean Tatars will have a bright future, hoping the day they can be treated equally could come earlier.
The Forgotten Nation: Crimean Tatars
History in not just something in books--it is a guiding and often painful undercurrent of everyday life for Crimea's Tatars.
during the 1944 deportations, nearly half the population died and the Soviet authorities worked to eradicate the Tatar history of Crimea, which is why many Tatars consider themselves victims of genocide.
The main problem for many Crimean Tatars is that they have not been able to reclaim the lands which their families possessed before the deportation.
Unofficial Tatar settlements, like this one, arose around Simferopol after the Crimean Tatars were allowed to return from exile in the 1990s
Crimean Tatar's culture and beliefs were destroyed before. The principle religion of the Crimean Tatars is Sunni Islam of the Hanafi school. During the Stalin era, hundreds of mosques were closed. clergy were executed, and celebrating Muslim holidays were banned.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree officially rehabilitating the Crimean Tatars and other ethnic minorities on the peninsula.He said this to make sure that as part of Crimea's integration into Russia, Crimean Tatars are rehabilitated and their historic rights restored.
The decree also mentioned Russia would "foster the creation and development of national-cultural autonomies".
References
Pohl, J. Otto. The Stalinist Penal System: A Statistical History of Soviet Repression and Terror. Mc Farland & Company, Inc, Publishers. 1997.
"Crimean Tatar community in Toronto fears deportations in homeland | Toronto Star." thestar.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. <http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/20
"Putin signs decree to rehabilitate Crimea Tatars." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 21 Apr. 2014. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/21/us-ukraine-crisis-crimea-tatars-
"Stalin victims, incl Crimean Tatars, rehabilitated by Putin decree." - RT News. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. <http://rt.com/news/crimea-tatars-rehabilitation-putin-856/>.
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