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Coffee, Crafts, Bazaars: Crimean Tatar Life Before The 1944 Deportation

In May 1944, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the mass deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar population from the region to Central Asia, collectively accusing the community of collaborating with Nazi Germany. Here is a glimpse of Tatar life in the region before the deportation.

In May 1944, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the mass deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar population from the region to Central Asia, collectively accusing the community of collaborating with Nazi Germany.

Tens of thousands of Crimean Tatars died while being transported on cattle trains or during the first few months after they arrived in Central Asia.

Ukraine's parliament has recognized the Crimean Tatars’ deportation as an act of genocide. But in the early 20th century, Crimean Tatar culture was flourishing. Here is a glimpse of Tatar life in the region before the deportation.


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Crimea Desk, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

The quality and independence of Ukraine's media as a whole are still limited, and RFE/RL's Radio Svoboda is the country's most popular and trusted international broadcaster. Radio Svoboda is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2019.

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