2.4.1 Commentary to Crimean Tatar article

2.4 Crimean Tatar appeal

[notes provided by Chronicle]:

1. The permanent unofficial delegation of the Crimean Tatar people in Moscow has been in existence since 1964. Representatives replace one another constantly and hold mandates signed by the residents of the towns and villages which have sent them to Moscow. They try to secure a solution to the national problem of their people, to obtain hearings with government and party leaders, and they publish an information bulletin.

2. The persons directly responsible for the Chirchik excesses were the secretary of the Party’s city committee, Yakubov, who banned the peaceful Sunday outing, and Major-General Sheraliyev, who summoned the troops to Chirchik.

3. Eight hundred representatives of the Crimean Tatar nation were forcibly deported from Moscow on the eve of the 24th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars from the Crimea. Stasenkov, Deputy Procurator of Moscow, declared: “Your problem has been fully and finally settled and will be given no further consideration.” Demanding the departure of all the representatives, he threatened that force would be used. Force was used: Crimean Tatars were arrested in hotels, private apartments, on railway stations, squares and other points in Moscow, were bundled into a mail- and goods-train and sent under escort to Tashkent. A large group of representatives of the people was arrested at the building of the CPSU Central Committee. Along with them the police arrested also those Muscovites who by their presence were expressing their sympathy for the Crimean Tatar people. The whole operation was led by General Volkov, head of the Moscow Public Order Administration [city branch of Internal Affairs].

4. Four representatives of the Crimean Tatar intelligentsia — Yury Osmanov, Enver Memetov, Seidamet Memetov and Sabri Osmanov — were put on trial in Tashkent, accused of spreading slanderous fabrications that denigrated the Soviet social and State system (Article of the Uzbek SSR Criminal Code, corresponding to Article 190-1 of the RSFSR Criminal Code). Their real crime was active participation in the struggle to restore national autonomy and the return of their nation to the Crimea. The accused were sentenced to terms of imprisonment from 6 months to two and a half years. Very recently three Crimean Tatars, arrested on 21 April at Chirchik, were put on trial. Sadi Abkhairov, Reshat Alimov and Refat Ismailov were sentenced to prison terms of 2 to 3 years.