Turkish nationalists make attempts to destabilize the situation in the Crimea
Ukrainian nationalists and activists of the so called “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people” got support from the Turkish far-right terrorist organization “Grey wolves”.
Lenur Islyamov, who is one of the activists of the blockage in the Crimea, downloaded a picture with the organization members on his Facebook page. He commented the photograph by saying that the blockade is tightened.
“Grey wolves” organization was established in the end of 1960s as a youth wing of the nationalist movement party. The party claimed to join all the Turkish in one state. It is believed that the head of the group Colonel Alparslan Türkeş was under the influence of Adolf Hitler Nazi ideology. Although the organization was forbidden and acted from the underground, the Turkish authorities used the far-right wing to resolve their own internal political issues. “Grey wolves” are responsible for the murder of the labour union members, representatives of the Kurdish national movement, communists and opposition journalists. Moreover, they are alleged to have been behind the Taksim Square massacre of the 1st of May 1977. It is estimated that about 34-42 people were murdered and more than two hundred peaceful participants of the demonstration were injured.
“Grey wolves” were also actively working outside Turkey. The most notorious of their acts was the attempt on Pope John Paul II’s life on 13th of May, 1981. “Grey wolves” cooperate with the terrorist underground of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. The Turkish far-right consider this area as one of the parts of the “Great Turan”. This year, “Grey wolves” organized a terrorist act in the capital of Thailand. 19 people were killed and 123 people were damaged. This was a revenge for the deportation of the Uigurs to China.
Picture from Lenur Islyamov’s Facebook page
It is not surprising that the representatives of the Crimean Tatars started cooperating with “Grey Wolves”, especially under the current conditions of the worsened relations between Russia and Turkey. “Grey Wolves” are suspected for the murder of the captain of the shot down jet. There are about 700 fighters of the organization in Kherson region of the Ukraine. It is quite likely that the Turkish political forces are planning to organize provocation in the Crimea which has been annexed by Russia.
The connection between the Turkish political elite and “Grey Wolves” is evident. The prime minister of the country Ahmet Davutoglu visited the grave of the Colonel Alparslan Türkeş in September.