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A crucial question here is why the Crimean Tatars, unlike the Chechens, not allowed to return to their homeland after the death of Stalin in 1953? The most likely reason is the same one that motivated the deportation in the first place: unlike the lands occupied by other deported ethnic groups, Crimea was seen by Soviet leaders as geopolitically and economically crucial. When the USSR was created, Crimea had been assigned to the Russian Republic within it, but in 1954, in a gesture of largesse, Khruschev transferred the peninsula to Ukraine. At the time, this maneuver did not matter much, as Ukraine was still essentially controlled by Moscow. But with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Crimea became a bone of contention in the tense relations between the two countries. Although the peninsula remains part of Ukraine, Russia’s Black Sea Navy fleet is still based in Sevastopol, the most heavily Russian-speaking—and the least heavily Ukrainian-speaking—area of Ukraine (see the maps on the left). Crimea also remains one of the most heavily pro-Russian voting areas of Ukraine, as can be seen from the map of the 2004 Presidential Election. Source: geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/the-deportation-and-the-return-of-the-crimean-tatars-and-the-controversial-issue-of-collaboration-with-the-nazis#ixzz2v3bV5Ddy
Posted on: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:56:32 +0000

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