From Stalin’s wrath to Khrushchev’s gift to Ukraine: Crimea’s Tatar minority has faced death, misery and deportation

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55 years ago, a Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR issued a directive to rehabilitate Crimean Tatars.

Crimean Tatars play an important role in the story of the peninsula’s reabsorption by Russia. One of Ukraine’s main propaganda tools is to accuse Russia of violating their rights. At the same time, Turkey is also a factor – through its cultural ties with what it sees as the “brotherly” Turkic people.

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