In occupied Crimea the residents of the village of Buyuk Sunak (Lenin Testament-now) and members with Jankoi Regional Mejlis held a prayer service on the Day of Death of the famous Crimean Tatar public figure Noman Çelebicihan.
According to "15 Minut", the event was attended by Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Mejlis members Mustafa Maushev and Zevdet Kurtumerov, Erwin Ibrahimov, a spokesman of the Executive Board of the Crimean Tatar World Congress and Saniye Ametova, Chairman of the Krasnoperekopsky Regional Mejlis.
During the visit, the Mejlis memebers jointly with the locals discussed the possibility to create a memorial museum n.a. Noman Çelebicihan in his native village.
Noman Çelebicihan was the first Chairman of the Crimean People's Republic and the first Mufti of Muslims of Crimea, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus. He is also known for his work Ant etkenmen, which became the National Anthem of the Crimean Tatars.
Noman Çelebicihan became victim of Bolshevik repressions against the Crimean Tatar people. January 26, 1918 he was arrested and February 23, 1918 after brutal tortures the Russian Bolsheviks extrajudicially executed the national mastermind.
As QHA reported earlier, today, February 23 at 4.00 p.m. Noman Çelebicihan will be commemorated in the National Museum of Ukrainian Literature in Kiev. In the course of the evening program, the attendees will hear speeches by experts in Eastern people’s culture and history. The poetry by the Crimean Tatar leader also will be read out in Ukrainian translation by young people.