Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The First Pogrom Victim

Reshat Ametov's body was found two days ago with signs of having been tortured. The untimely and violent death of this 39 year old Crimean Tatar activist and father of three bodes very unwell for the future of the peninsula's indigenous population. While one hopes that this is the last such disappearance, torture, and murder to take place in Russian occupied Crimea my gut instinct as an historian tells me it will not be. Earlier I speculated that the Russian occupation of Crimea could very well lead to pogroms against the indigenous people of the territory. It appears that at least one victim has already been claimed.

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