Thursday, March 20, 2014
The ethnic cleansing begins again
removal of the Crimean Tatars from lands they are currently living on in Crimea is official policy of the new Russian occupation authority in the peninsula. This of course will not be the first ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars. But, it is amazing to me how rapidly things have deteriorated in Crimea since the Russians began their initial military operations to amputate the peninsula from the Ukrainian state. Even the wording isn't new. The 1944 deportation order also talked about providing them with other land in compensation for the loss of their native homeland. In reality the Soviet government confiscated most of the property of the Crimean Tatars without any kind of compensation and sent them to the deserts of Uzbekistan and wet forests of the Urals to perform hard labor and die by the tens of thousands. I don't think that the current Russian government will exactly repeat the actions of the Stalin regime. But, the actions taken so far are bad enough and it looks like it is only going to get worse.