Natalya Belitser, analyst from Pylyp Orlyk institute for Democracy, joins UT to talk about the deportations of Crimean Tatars and parallels to the current Russian repressions of the people
May 18th marks the 72nd anniversary of the forcible deportation of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, ordered by the Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin. Around 200,000 people were moved from their homes to Central Asia. Half of them died from starvation and disease in the next few years.
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In 2015 Ukrainian Parliament recognized the deportation as a genocide. They have called on the international organisation to do the same and criticise the Kremlin's policy on the Russian-occupied peninsula today. Moscow raids Crimean mosques and detains Muslims on a regular basis. But experts say, vocal resistance only is not enough to stop Russia.
"Strengthening of sanctions is needed. Because it's not just violations of human rights, it's a much higher level of violations, and the response to this case should be also much stronger", says Natalya Belitser, an analyst from the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for democracy.