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Published:July 16th, 2009 09:27 EST
The Crime of Stalinism Against the Crimean Tatars and the Resolution of Parliamentary Assembly OSCE

The Crime of Stalinism Against the Crimean Tatars and the Resolution of Parliamentary Assembly OSCE

By Elmaz Muzhdabaeva

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly issued a resolution Reunion of the divided Europe", which equates Stalinism and Nazism, and calls for the international condemnation of totalitarian regimes. This document may allow the former Soviet Union to demand from Russia for damages of the occupation and the crimes with eviction.

The OSCE requires from Russia to reject the demonstrations of the Soviet past`s glory and stop coloring the truth of the history. The resolution noted that in the XX century, European countries have been affected by two powerful totalitarian regimes, which were to constitute genocide and crimes against humanity - the Nazi and Stalinist.

For the unequivocal condemnation of totalitarianism OSCE proposes to establish a pan-European day of the remembrance of Stalinism and Nazism victims, in conjunction with the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact August 23, 1939 (the document, according to which Germany and the USSR divided Europe between them). The Official Moscow found in the document a "new political demarche against Russia" in anticipation of the anniversary of the Second World War.

However we, the Crimean Tatars, have experienced the brunt of all the hardships of the Stalinist regime. The criterion for the prosecution was the nationality. "If you are the Crimean Tatar, then you are guilty". The eviction out of the houses was happening since 18 till 20 May.

At night, each Crimean-Tatars family was awakened by the terrible knock on the door. Into every Crimean Tatar house an officer and two soldiers came with the weapon shouting "you have only 15 minutes to leave the house". After 15 minutes the soldiers just threw people out of their places. After that, officers plundered the houses of Crimean Tatars.

All Crimean Tatars were brought to the railway station. 150 -170 Crimean Tatars were thrown into a small wagon. Those echelons went to Central Asia within 10 - 14 days. During the road people started to die because of hunger, especially the elderly and young children. And not only they ... Hungry, haggard, sick people - mostly elderly, women and children were guarded by armed soldiers. People died of hunger, disease, inhumane conditions. Dead people were not allowed to bury, they were just thrown from the wagons. Upon arrival in Central Asia, people were driven into barracks, which were not adapted to life even in the context of the local warm climate.

As a result of relocation and its immediate effects during the first year and a half (from 18 May 1944 to the end of 1945) 46.2% of Crimean Tatars had died. In the second half of 1940`s the number of Crimean Tatars was still decreasing. That was the price for the Crimean Tatars Stalinist arbitrariness and inhumanity of Soviet totalitarianism.

Therefore, the Crimean Tatars are happy with the resolution of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on the equalization of Stalinism and Nazism. This is true. Stalinism is a real Nazism. We, the Crimean Tatars, also support the decision of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko to charge the Attorney General`s Office and the Security Service to consider the prosecution of illegal evictions of Crimean Tatars from the Crimea in 1944. We need to fundamentally investigate this criminal case and to adopt the historic verdict of the Stalinism crime in the Crimea and Ukraine.

Elmaz Muzhdabaeva, Independent political analyst