The Kremlin-controlled “State Committee for Interethnic Relations and Deported Citizens of the Government of Crimea” reports on the registration of the national-cultural autonomy of the Kazan Tatars led by Marat Bagautdinov.
“The purpose of the autonomy is to preserve the identity of the Kazan Tatars in Crimea, as one of the peoples of the Russian Federation, their language, education and national culture,” the Committee’s press service quoted Marat Bagautdinov as saying.
The report states that in the coming days, the autonomy will be granted the regional status. All the relevant documents have already been prepared.
According to Zaur Smirnov, head of the “State Committee for Interethnic Relations and Deported Citizens of the Government of Crimea,” a total of 12 national-cultural autonomies have been registered in Crimea with support of the Russian occupation authorities.
“All activities of the autonomies are regulated in accordance with the Federal Law of the Russian Federation on national autonomy and focused on developing and strengthening inter-ethnic harmony, as well as preserving national identity,” said Smirnov.
The representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people consider the Kremlin's initiative a pathetic attempt of the “authorities’ ostentatious concern” for the indigenous peoples of Crimea.