On the 13th April 2016, the Judiciary of Russia banned the «Tatar Parliament», a Crimean separatist organisation supported by Turkey and Ukraine. According to the indictment – as we announced – it was this association which organised the blockade of trucks coming from Ukraine, and blew up the high-tension electric lines, plunging the peninsula into cold and obscurity.

The Judiciary considered that, given its terrorist activities, the «Tatar Parliament» could no longer benefit from the right to association.

Contrary to what its name might lead us to believe, the «Tatar Parliament» is not a representative organisation, but a council of 33 members elected by the 220 adherents of Qurultay, a political association.

The «Tatar Parliament» is presided by Refat Choubarov (Çubarov in Turkish), and managed by the Ukrainian deputy and CIA agent, Moustafa Djemilev (Cemiloğlu in Turkish). Both men are also the founders of the «International Islamic Brigade» and the «Crimean Government in Exile», two organisations based in Kershon and devoted to sabotage of the military base of Crimea [1].

Most of the members of these organisations are also adherents of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, a split-off from the Muslim Brotherhood which is particularly present in London and Central Asia. It was principally to fight this terrorist Brotherhood that the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was originally created.

On the 21st April, the spokesman for the State Department, John Kirby, accused Russia of acting illegally and infringing on the Tatars’ right to expression.

Since the reunification of Crimea and Russia, Moscow has recognised the Tatar language, rehabilitated the 180,000 Tatars who had been collectively deported by Stalin, and allotted 10 billion roubles for the improvement of their conditions. The majority of Crimean Tatars – about 250,000 – approved the reunification, but a minority – about 20,000, or 8% - took up the combat initiated during the Second World War, and continued their struggle against Moscow during the Cold War.

Ukraine intends to create media attention for the Tatar question, in its own way, by presenting the Crimean singer Jamala on the 14th May in Stockholm at the Eurovision Song Contest. She will be presenting a song about the collective deportation of the Tatars in 1944, but without mentioning the collaboration of their leaders with the Nazis, whose successors are today in power in Kiev.

Pete Kimberley

[1« L’Ukraine et la Turquie créent une Brigade internationale islamique contre la Russie », par Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 12 août 2015.