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Ukraine Calls On FSB To Declassify Crimean Tatar Files

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) is asking Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) to declassify all documents regarding the deportation of the Crimean Tatars to Central Asia 65 years ago.

SBU chief Valentin Nalivaychenko said in Simferopol that the FSB has not yet provided the SBU with requested documents about Crimean Tatars.

He said the SBU officially requested detailed documents about certain people and their registration cards, biographies, etc., from the FSB two years ago. But Nalivaychenko said Russian authorities only provided the SBU with general statistical data.

He added that officials in Kazakhstan -- where some of the Crimean Tatars were deported in 1944 -- agreed to cooperate and provided the SBU with 10,000 Crimean Tatar registration cards that were issued by Kazakh officials when the Tatars arrived.

May 18 is the 65th anniversary of the deportation of some 200,000 Crimean Tatars to Central Asia by Soviet officials.