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Life in Crimea Before the Deportation - Archive Photos

19 May 2020, 17:35
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In May 1944, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the mass deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar population from the region to Central Asia, collectively accusing the community of collaborating with Nazi Germany. Tens of thousands of Crimean Tatars died while being transported on cattle trains or during the first few months after they arrived in Central Asia. Ukraine’s parliament has recognized the Crimean Tatars’ deportation as an act of genocide. But in the early 20th century, Crimean Tatar culture was flourishing.

RFE/RL shared the archive photos of Crimean Tatars to demonstrate the life in Crimea before the deportation.