The approach to the memorial plaque commemorating the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in Bakhchysarai was blocked by a car with a St. George ribbon on the windshield, Aisha Umerova reports on Facebook.
"A policeman is nearby guarding the site, and another bunch of people in civilian clothes are around. After 10 minutes of wrangling, the car was finally driven away, and we managed to lay flowers and read dua in memory of all those perished in those tragic events," she wrote.
Reference: May 18, 1944, deportation of Crimean Tatars began in the Crimea. Soviet power accused the whole nation of cooperation with Nazi Germany during World War II. Thousands of Crimean Tatars were taken to Central Asia. During the trip and the first year of exile, more than 30,000 people died from hunger and disease. Crimean Tatars were allowed to return to their homeland in the Crimea only in 1989.
On November 12, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. In October 2016 Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated the investigation into the deportation of the Crimean Tatars.