Lenur Islyamov – from supporter to opponent only one step
The politically charged issue of the Crimea annexation is gradually sidelined by the Ukrainian political establishment. What about the politicians who try to take advantage of this issue while the Ukrainian authorities do not take this into account?
Lenur Islyamov was one of the supporters of the Crimea integration to Russia. Being quite an influential and wealthy person, Islyamov not only approved of the people’s will to be reconnected with Russia, but also was working with Sergey Aksyonov’s government. He worked hard to reconnect the peninsula with Russia within a short period of time. He changed his mind and took up an anti-Russian position after the corruption scandal with free flats allocated for the Crimean Tatars. Islyamov left for Kiev. This followed by his active political and information activities against Russia and the Crimean population (Islyamov’s efforts into organizing energy and food blockade on the peninsula to mention just one of them).
The politician’s recent interview on the radio “Svoboda” is a vivid example of his tendency to use populist affirmations and his expedience when speaking to the audience. Like all the Ukrainian political figures, he tends to blame Moscow for any misfortune.
It seems to be clear that the present Ukrainian authorities are only temporary companions for Islyamov, Refat Chubarov and “Mejlis” activists. “Mejlis” needs the Ukraine to fulfill their ambitious political and economic projects. Likewise, Kiev takes advantage of the Crimean Tatars issue to demonstrate its willingness to make sacrifices when resisting the aggressor “from the East” which is Russia. Mustafa Dzhemilev is strongly promoting the idea of establishing a Crimean-Tatar autonomy on the territory of the Kherson region. The project is not approved by Poroshenko administration as it will lead to a range of problems at the strategic position by the Black sea coastline. The present Ukrainian authorities aim at unifying the country and they will not allow ethnic minorities to develop their culture and language.
If Kiev does not intend to reconnect the Crimea, it does not need Dzhemilev, Islyamov or Chubarov. Lenur Islyamov found a way to take advantage of the conflict between Russia and Turkey.
At the beginning of December he was seen as having relations with the Turkish nationalists. The politician asked them to take part in a photo shoot during the energy blockade in the peninsula. As it can be noticed from his social networks, Islyamov tries to islamise the Crimean issue. He acts as a righteous Muslim and does not mention his bank business related to credit loans. He calls people for the armed jihad to set the Crimea free and sympathizes with the extremists in Syria.
Islyamov aims at getting as many political goals as it is possible. If the Ukrainian authorities refuse from his services, there is another customer who he is currently working with. It is the president of Turkey. It is obvious that the “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people” discredited itself in the Crimean Tatars’ eyes. Turkey is the only hope left.