Crimean Tatars can only achieve 'cultural' autonomy

The deputy prime minister of Crimea, Rustam Temirgaliyev, said that he was willing to accept the cultural autonomy of the Crimean Tatars but not regional autonomy.

Crimean Tatars can only achieve 'cultural' autonomy

World Bulletin / News Desk

As Crimean Tatars ponder and discuss the path to determining their own future following the annexation of their homeland by Russia, the deputy prime minister of Crimea, Rustam Temirgaliyev, has said that the Tatars would only be able to achieve cultural autonomy.

Speaking to RIA Novosti, he said that he was willing to accept the cultural autonomy of the Crimean Tatars by giving them rights regarding their education system and other cultural fields, but said he was against them gaining regional autonomy, describing it as impossible.

In this sense, their cultural autonomy would be in accordance with Russia's National and Cultural Autonomy law, which was signed on June 17, 1996.

The Turkic-speaking Muslim Crimean Tatars, who are natives of Crimea but became a minority in their homeland after Soviet dictator Josef Stalin exiled them in 1944, also complain that the post-Yanukovich Crimean parliament failed to consult them regarding the fate of the peninsula.

Fearing a repeat of 1944, the 300,000 Crimean Tatars living in the peninsula are now working with the international community and discussing ways to seek autonomy for their community.

Last Mod: 07 Nisan 2014, 12:22
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