Zair Smedlyaev: Crimea is legal entity of Crimean Tatars

Zair Smedlyaev is not afraid to remain in the occupied Crimea, despite the death threat. He lives in his native land, and no one will be able to uproot him from his home. Crimea has always been and remains the legal entity of Crimean Tatars.

5 January 2016 13:00

Russia will never recognize the fact that human rights, especially rights of Crimean Tatars, are routinely violated in Crimea.

The only thing that Russian authorities can offer is to defiantly invite foreign missions and to track every their movement under control of intelligence agencies, and yet, in the best Soviet traditions, to arrange demonstrative meetings with ‘happy people’ who are very satisfied with their life in the occupied Crimea.

The Head of the Kurultai Central Executive Committee of the Crimean Tatars Zair Smedlyaev, said that persecution of Ukrainian activists continues in Crimea. The Crimean authorities have even closed the Ukrainian theater group, because the Crimean officials are afraid of all pro-Ukrainian displays, from clothes to the language. But, according to Zair Smedlyaev, ‘the more languages you know, the more of a person, you are.’ That is why the Russians should respect other cultures and learn about the traditions of other nations.

With regard to the persecution of the Crimean Tatars, a very good example is unfair trial of Ahtem Chiygoz. It's more like a ‘demonstration of public flogging’ that others were afraid to resist the current political system. These illegal arrests actually show the weakness of the Crimean authorities and their fear of people who can resist it. Ahtem Chiygoz could leave the peninsula realizing that he would be arrested sooner or later, but despite that, he remained in Crimea.