MOSCOW (QHA) -

Activists of Strategy-18 held one-person pickets in Moscow on April 18 in support of the Crimean Tatars.

Participants of the action paid tribute to the memory of representatives of the Crimean Tatar intelligentsia who were shot in 1938 by the order of the Soviet regime.

“We wish to remind of a sad date - April 17, 1038. Simferopol. Executions in the NKVD prison. For espionage and nationalism, the best of the Crimean Tatars, the bloom of the nation, were shot. It is not clear what day they were shot exactly, but at least two dozen names of those who were then killed are known," Vera Lavreshina said.

All the Crimean Tatars shot in 1938 were included in the so-called "Stalin’s list".

Activists reminded about the detention of a civil journalist Nariman Memedeminov in the Crimea.

“Nariman Memedeminov is a civil journalist, blogger. He came when the Crimean Tatars were searched in the Crimea... No matter what happened, he made video recording of some significant events and, of course, he was spotted by the FSB officers. He was seized, interrogated, some compromising materials on him were found and now he is in the detention center, he is accused of some calls and he is likely to face a long sentence. So journalism has died," the participant added.

The pickets were held in one more Russian city - St. Petersburg. The protesters stressed that after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, human rights, mostly of the Crimean Tatars, are constantly violated on the peninsula.

The page "Solidarity of St. Petersburg" noted that the activists demanded "to stop terror against the Crimean Tatars" and give "freedom to detainees in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case."


QHA reported that on April 17, 2018 was the 80th anniversary of the shooting of the Crimean Tatar intelligentsia. Within three days the executioners of the NKVD shot dozens of the brightest Crimean Tatar public figures, scientists and representatives of the political elite. Before the execution, the Chekists held "court hearings", which lasted no longer than 20 minutes.

QHA