SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Friday, May 16, Muslims of Crimea will pray for victims of Deportation of 1944, press-service of Committee of Muslims of Crimea reports.

After the traditional Friday prayer, Muslims will ask the Most High to give his mercy to those who were deported.

May 18 Crimea marks 70th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatar and other peoples from Crimea.

Soviet leader Josef Stalin accused Crimean Tatars of collaborating with Nazi Germany and deported them to Central Asia and eastern Russia. Many of the deportees died on their way into exile. Only in the last years of the Soviet Union were members of the community able to start returning to Crimea in the 1980s.

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