Simferopol (QHA) - During the 23 years, each Crimean Tatar was assigned only 2250 UAH. This was said by head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev, in his speech at Kurultay. He noted that because of protests of Crimean Tatar diaspora near Ukrainian embassies of several European countries against the discriminatory and chauvinistic policy of Ukrainian authorities towards Crimean Tatars, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry issued a statement which refers to huge amount of funds which allegedly was provided by the State for the return of Crimean Tatars from deportation. In particular, the statement mentions 1.2 billion UAH were allocated for this purpose. “This amount may seem very impressive. Some critics, including some hired spiteful critics among our compatriots who earn on propaganda against Mejlis, say that if these funds were not plundered, they would cover 100%- return and resettlement of all Crimean Tatars in Crimea. And of course, Mejlis is blamed for plunder and mismanagement of these funds, although Mejlis by no means has access to this money as it is purely in disposal of Kyiv officials, who are appointed and controlled by authorities,” emphasized Jemilev. He also noted that the authorities themselves, especially in the early years, when most funds were allocated, took advantage of the absence of control from our side and used those funds for other purposes far from the needs of the deported Crimean Tatars. In addition, about 25% of the allocated funds were returned to the State in the form of various taxes. Despite the fact that the Armenians, Bulgarians, Greeks and Germans make up only 1.4% of the number of deportees returned to Crimea, 20% of the allocated funds were annually spent on their needs. That is, on average, say, an Armenian was allocated 15 times more funds than the Crimean Tatar. Jemilev stressed that this was also part of the provocative plan, aimed at initiating conflict between Crimean Tatars and other deportees. But even if all the funds were used for resolving problems of the returned Crimean Tatars, on average it turns out that over the past 23 years, the State allocated 2250 UAH on each deported Crimean Tatar. That is 97 UAH a year or 8 UAH a month. This is more than ten times less that the state took away from working Crimean Tatars in the form of taxes. “So, I would like to ask those irresponsible talkers, who discuss the huge funds allocated by the state and the alleged improper use of these funds by Mejlis, though, I repeat, that the approval, distribution and control over the use of these funds was implemented exclusively by Kyiv. Could we ensure the return and resettlement of our people in Crimea at 8 UAH a month per a person?” said Jemilev. “Therefore, the task of a new Kurultay will be not only to achieve the increase of state compensations for the return of the remaining Crimean Tatars who still live in deportation places, but to seek other funds outside state programs. In this regard, it is necessary to intensify activities of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars”, concluded Jemilev.

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