Such decision was approved on the common sitting of the Duma (Council) of the NGO Russian Community of Crimea and the political board of the republican branch of the Russian Unity Party in Aqmescit on May 25, according to the ROC press-service.
“Consul stands on the very principled, right position, often even to the detriment their personal interests. Therefore, we can not see calmly how odious politicians of the illegal organization “majlis” and unscrupulous journalists arrange vile provocations against Vladimir Andryeyev”, - one of initiators to confer the honorary title to the consul the Head of the ROC Serhii Tsekov.
Tsekov was supported by the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea from the Russian Unity Party Serhii Shuvainikov.
“Vladimir Andryeyev merits the title of the Honorary Member of the Russian Community of Crimea. He sounded the opinion that is shared by the majority of the Russian and Russian-speaking persons living in Crimea. It should not create myths in the history. Relocation of the Crimean Tatars from the Crimea’s territory in 1944 is the tragedy and the crime of the Soviet leadership. Nobody disputes this. But also it should be recognized as criminal ones the Crimean Tatar collaborationists’ acts who served with so called “volunteer battalions” during the Great Patriotic War, who together with collaborationists of other ethnicities under the command of the SS officers done reprisals against partisans, civilians, betrayed the guerilla groups, fired villages, killed the Soviet citizens in the concentration camp on the territory of the Soviet farm “Krasnyi” and other”, - he stated.
It would be recollected that the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Aqmescit Vladimir Andryeyev stated in his interview for the ATR Channel that “theme of the collaborationism and complicity to the Nazi occupants must be voiced during all events on the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar nation”. In particular, he stated: “My word and word of Russia too must ring. It must be known, including the today’s interview, it is true, true about the Great Patriotic War. Including these episodes. For some reasons, they are hushed up on 18 May and they are not in the film. This is just the themes of treachery”.
Moreover, he recommended to a reporter not just to write down his words but “to replay them to any Crimean Tatar”.
The Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in its turn, condemned own diplomat and called his words as incorrect.
Mr. Andryeyev informed he does not agree with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement on his utterances against the native people of Crimea and he decides to resign his post.
“I stick to my opinion and confirm every word of his opinion. The Foreign Ministry’s statement (of Russia - ed.) I regard as a helpless, stupid and unprincipled disgrace of the Foreign Ministry of Russia", - said Andryeyev, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
Though, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ukraine informed it did not get any official application of Mr. Andryeyev on his resignation.