Chauvinism and separatism thrive in Crimea: Jemilev

20 September 2013 14:41
Simferopol (QHA) - Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and MP of Ukraine Mustafa Jemilev, during his meeting with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule called Crimea a place with thriving chauvinism and pro-Russian separatism, informs Segodnya.ua According to Jemilev, at present the existence of Crimean Tatars as a distinctive European nationality with centuries-old culture is under threat. “If not solved, this issue will be a constant source of conflict and interethnic tensions in Crimea, which is already considered a high-risk region in terms of occurrence of interethnic conflicts”, said Jemilev. He also noted that during the last three years, Crimean authorities are trying to bring discord among the Crimean Tatars and remove themselves from solving the Crimean Tatar problem. “If during the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Crimea, according to some political analysts continued to be a ‘communist preserve’, now it can be called preserve of chauvinism and pro-Russian separatism. And they thrive in all hierarchy of power, from bottom to top”, said Jemilev.