Forceful deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from the Chechen-Ingush and Dagestan Autonomous republics went on from February 23 to March 9 1944. More than 650 thousand people were deported by the communist regime back then.

The commemorative event that took place at the National Museum of WWII History was attended by members of the Johar Dudayev International Battalion.

Riza Shevkiyev, a Mejlis member and Director of the Crimea foundation, expressed his condolences to the families of those deported, mentioning the importance of the ongoing struggle with Russia’s aggression.  

“We are the children of the Crimean Tatars who went through a similar deportation that started on May 18, 1944. We know about the horrors of the genocide the communist regime subjected the entire peoples to. While our fathers and brothers were fighting the Nazis, the elderly people, women and children were exiled from their homeland,” Shevkiyev said.

Shevkiyev also stressed the importance of being united in the struggle against Russia’s aggression.

“Our peoples have come under pressure again, but this time they are facing pressure from the Putin regime. To withstand the pressure, we will all have to be united in the fight against the aggressor,” Riza Shevkiyev said.