Thursday 18 May 2023

Tragic Anniversary: Stalin's Ethnic Cleansing of Crimea in 1944

Today is the 79th anniversary of the night when the deportation in cattle trucks was begun of 191,000 Crimean Tatars from their homes in the autonomous Republic of Crimea to Uzbekistan, deep in the Soviet Union. They had 30 minutes to pack and the deportations were conducted in just three days[background: wikipedia]. Their abandoned properties were given to Russian families who moved into the area soon afterwards. It was only after this forced displacement that Crimea became "Russian" (that is, merely an oblast within the Russian SFSR) for just ten years (1944-1954) before being transferred to the Ukrainian SSR in 1954 - thence to Ukraine after Independence

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