KYIV (QHA) -

Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, has paid tribute to the victims of Chechen-Ingush deportation carried out by the communist regime of the USSR. 

“On February 23, 72 years ago, the communist regime of the USSR launched a special operation on a total deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from their historical lands. Over half a million people were forcibly evicted, about half of the Ingush and Chechen population died from hunger, cold and hard labor under the regime of special settlements that lasted until 1956. Today, as before in the difficult days for our peoples, we, together with our brothers - Chechens and Ingush - bow our heads in memory of victims of deportation and appeal to God for mercy for those dead and living now,” Refat Chubarov wrote on his Facebook page. 

The forcible deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from the territories of Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (ASSR) and Dagestan ASSR took place in the period from February 23 to March 9, 1944. According to some reports, communists deported more than 650 thousand people to Central Asia and Kazakhstan.

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