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A touching video dedicated to a Crimean Tatar national leader and hero Noman Çelebicihan has been filmed in Crimea.

The words from a famous work by Noman Çelebicihan "Ant etkenmen!" (“I have sworn!"), which were taken as a basis for a Crimean Tatar National Anthem, were read out by children.

The video was filmed by Enver Dzhandzhak, Emine Mustafayeva, Ahtem Mejit, Lenora Dyulberova.

February, 23 - the day of the Noman Çelebicihan’s death – will always be a tragic date the Crimean Tatars will never forget.

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Noman Çelebicihan (1885 - 1918) - a well-known social activist, poet and first Mufti of Muslims of Crimea and Eastern Europe, the leader of the Crimean Tatar People, as well as the author of the National Anthem.

He got a legal and theological education.

During his studies in Istanbul, he created several literary and political organizations. After finishing the Istanbul University in 1912, Noman Çelebicihan returned home. In 1917, the political organizations in Crimea increased their activities. During the first All Crimean Muslim Congress on March 1, 1917 Noman Çelebicihan was appointed Chairman of the Temporary Crimean Tatar Executive Committee.

At the same time, Noman Çelebicihan became the Grand Mufti of Crimea. While heading the Executive Committee, Noman facilitated the establishment of the spiritual and land management, worked out educational reforms and encouraged creation of national periodical publications in the Crimean Tatar and Russian languages.

The Constitution of the Crimean Republic, worked out by Noman Çelebicihan, was adopted by the I Kurultay of the Crimean Tatar People. In November 1917, the Kurultai proclaimed the creation of the Crimean Republic and elected Noman Çelebicihan the Chairman. Noman Çelebicihan was the author of the verse “Ant etkenmen” (“I have sworn"), which became the National Anthem of the Crimean Tatar People.

January 23, 1918, the Bolsheviks seized the leader of the Crimean Tatar people and brutally killed him the same year on February, 23.

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