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A monument to the Big Three-- Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt-- will be unveiled in Crimea as part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the 1945 Yalta conference Feb 5.

The ten-ton statue, a work of Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, will be installed in front of the Livadia Palace that hosted the Yalta conference, the second wartime meeting of the Big Three, on February 4-11, 1945.

Commenting the installation of the monument, Mejlis member Abduraman Egiz, said “there is no wonder that the monument to Stalin will be erected, in the situation when Crimean Tatar leaders are banned from entering their Homeland, another Crimean Tatar deported (Sinaver Kadyrov) and deputy head of Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz arrested”.

“The attitude of Crimean Tatars to Stalin is clear. The installation of the monument will be demonstration of the authorities’ attitude to Crimea and Crimean Tatars. They should understand their responsibility for the consequences of the monument’s installation. This is a blasphemy”- Egiz said.

In 1944, Joseph Stalin ordered the mass deportation of Crimean Tatar population as a form of collective punishment for alleged collaboration with the Nazi occupation regime in Taurida Subdistrict during 1942-1943.

A total of more than 230,000 people were deported, mostly to the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. This included the entire ethnic Crimean Tatar population, at the time about a fifth of the total population of the Crimean Peninsula, besides smaller number of ethnic Greeks and Bulgarians.

A large number of deportees (more than 100,000 according to a 1960s survey by Crimean Tatar activists) died from starvation or disease as a direct result of deportation.

Many Crimean Tatars returned in the late 1980s and 1990s. Most of them opposed Crimea’s unification with Russia.