Commemoration for Victims of Tatar Deportation From Crimea
May 18th is the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide. 75 years ago, in 1944, they were forcibly deported from the Crimean peninsula on the order of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. A commemorative requiem for the victims is taking place in Kyiv
Many events and activities related the History the Crimean Tatars’ deportation have been taking place at the National Expocenter of Ukraine in Kyiv since morning, M1y 18. Ukrainian President Poroshenko arrived 30 minutes ago and gave a speech to the audience.
“Today is the day of the humiliating Exile of the Crimean Tatar people from their homeland. The Soviet Union needed just a few days to completely change the course of the history of an entire people, of the Crimean Tatars. And their homecoming took decades. Crimean Tatars experienced extreme casualties from the deportation. Within only a year more than 30,000 Crimean Tatars died from famine, diseases, and exhaustion in their places of exile. But the real extent of the losses is hard to establish because of the way the Soviet Union did statistics,” Petro Poroshenko said.
There are also many other installations which depict the tragic past of the Crimean Tatars, you can see an art installation called “Stalin’s Smile.” It evokes both the unbreakable iron walls of a prison and the cynicism of dictator Stalin.
“For sure, it’s a new level of the exhibition on this theme. This is very important for us because by this way we can introduce our problem, our history, [and bring it] to the new level. I see a lot of Ukrainians, foreigners here. They are excited — this is a more important result, because we can open our souls… Big respect for organizers, because it’s a very big work,” visitor of an exhibition Muhammed Umerov said.