Activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement, ex-head of the Secretariat of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Zair Smedlyaev believes that the authors of the book “Memory book of Eastern Crimea. Asked to remember” Vladimir and Maria Shirshovs should be sued to inciting interethnic hatred. He stated this on his Facebook page.
Smedlyaev protested the results of the legal expertise conducted by experts of one of the institutes in Donetsk city, according to which the book doesn’t contain statements inciting interethnic strife.
“Thirteen pages of blatant cynical lies, insulting the honor and dignity of Crimean Tatars is not inciting interethnic hatred?.....There is an urgent need to take the issue to the court!”, wrote Smedlyaev.
As reported by us earlier, a book called “Memory book of Eastern Crimea “Asked to remember” by Vladimir and Maria Shirshov that justifies deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea in 1944 was published in Kirovskiy district of Crimea on the district’s budget funds. According to its authors, Vladimir and Maria Shirshovs, the book should attain the status of a textbook. With that purpose, the book was disseminated in schools and libraries of Kirovskiy district.
On August 12, during a protest meeting in Kirovskiy district it was decided to send the book for a legal expertise. The Crimean Prosecutor’s office sent the book to one of Donetsk Institutes.
In November, experts from Donetsk Institute announced results of the expertise they conducted. They concluded that the book doesn’t contain xenophobic statements.