KYIV (QHA) -

Noman Celebicihan-- the first President of the short-lived independent Crimean People's Republic, Crimean mufti—will be commemorated in Kyiv Feb 23, press service of Ukraine’s President Commissioner on Crimean Tatar issues informs.

A conference titled “Noman Celebicihan, lessons of the past for future generations” will take place in Elena Zamostyan gallery in Kyiv, 18.00 p.m. of local time.

The event is organized by Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with assistance of Ukraine’s Presidential Commissioner on Crimean Tatar issues Mustafa Jemilev.

It should be noted that Crimean Tatars were banned from conducting a rally in Bakhchisaray to commemorate the death of Celebicihan.

Note: Noman Celebicihan was the first President of the short-lived independent Crimean People's Republic, established on November 26 (December 9 under the Gregorian Calendar), 1917, the leader of the 1st Kurultay of Crimean Tatar people (National Congress) and Mufti for Crimea, Poland and Lithuania, who devoted his life to people. He became a victim of the Bolshevik terror in Crimea, when Feb 23, 1918 he was brutally killed Red sailors in Aqyar (Sevastopol) and his body was thrown out into the sea.

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