Peninsula of Fear: "Crimea occupation authorities changing demographic and ethnic map of the region"

15:23 Nov. 11, 2016

"Crimea occupation authorities changing demographic and ethnic map of the region"

head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Ukrainian MP, Refat Chubarov (UNIAN photo)

Crimean Tatar leader Chubarov slams Russia' policy of forcing disloyal persons out

Moscow-appointed authorities of the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in early 2014, are attempting to redraw demographic and ethnic maps of the region.

That is according to the head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Ukrainian MP, Refat Chubarov.

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In his opening statement at the II Crimean Forum, which is underway in Lviv, Chubarov addressed the issue of ousting the disloyal population from the temporarily occupied Crimea.

When those disloyal to the occupation authorities, namely Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians, are forced to leave, they are replaced by the participants of the so-called "displacement programs" existing in Russian Federation, Crimean Tatar leader explained.

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According to Chubarov, the aim of this focused policy is to alter Crimea's demographic and ethnic map.

The two-day forum on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group and II Crimean forum started in Lviv on November 10.

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