Crimean Tatar issue as a political scenario
The World Congress of Crimean Tatars will take place on July 31 – August, 2015 in Turkey. Although the Congress will be held for the second time, it has already fallen into disrepute.
Mustafa Dzhemilev claimed that the Russian nuclear weapon directed to Turkey will be set in the Crimean peninsula. It seems like the former leader of the Crimean Tatar National movement tries to attract attention of the Turkish political establishment by this statement. Also, it is not by chance that the Congress will be held in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
The forum called “Platform of Crimean Tatar organisations in Turkey” made a decision to organise the Congress in April. At the moment there are about 40 organisations in Turkey which work on supporting interests of Crimean Tatars. They are all united by the “Platform of Crimean Tatar organisations in Turkey” (“Platform”). The organising committee chairman is Refat Chubarov who is also a leader of “Milli Meclis”.
It is highly possible that the Congress will result in introducing the statements denouncing Russian political leaders and demanding the presence of Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on the territory of the Crimea. Dzhemilev and Chubarov do not seem to be satisfied with the French delegates’ conclusions drawn from their visit to the Crimea. The French were pleased with exercise of human rights and freedom in the returned to Russia land.
It is quite interesting to look at the way the so called leaders of Crimean Tatars change their mind (in fact, they are only managers of some small organisations). Dzhemilev and Chubarov accused the Ukraine government of discriminating Crimean Tatars in 2009 in Bakhchysarai. At that point, the Congress unanimously passed the resolution to introduce legislative measures to mitigate effects of the Crimean Tatars deportation in May of 1944. Since that resolution till March of 2014, when the Crimean status referendum was held, neither Yushchenko with Tymoshenko, nor Yanukovych lifted a finger to support political, economic or cultural interests of the Crimea Tatars. All the requirements were satisfied once the Crimea was reconnected with Russia. The law passed by Vladimir Putin on April 21, 2014 warrants rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars along with some other nations. It also introduces a complex of measures which allow the Crimean Tatars to legally take part in political elections, to set non-commercial organisations, develop own native language and culture, etc. It is worth noting that within just somewhat more than a year a lot of work has been done to put the law principles into practice. It would be not reasonable to deny it. Yet. Dzhemilev and Chubarov seem to ignore this and prefer to co-operate with the Ukrainian government which they bitterly denounced at the last Congress.
It is absolutely clear that both “The World Congress of Crimean Tatars” and “Milli Meclis” do not defend the interests of the Crimean Tatars. At the moment they tend to perform the following two functions: 1) demonstrating Crimean Tatars discontent about the Crimea being reconnected with Russia; 2) satisfying political ambitions of the West puppets Dzhemilev and Chubarov.
Another issue is legitimacy of the event. The Congress is proclaimed to be international. Yet. this is quite doubtful as most of the Crimean Tatars live on the territory of the Crimean peninsula. Local organisations did not ignore the event, but Dzhemilev and Chubarov were not so kind to invite them.
The United States persistence to use the Crimean Tatars against Russia boggles the mind. Although the Crimean reconnection with Russia is in accordance with all the norms of international law and UN regulations and the attempts to show Crimean Tatars as being oppressed do not stand up to scrutiny, Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov are doing their best to make the situation in the Crimea a political issue.