“We don’t want to be Russians”

From The Economist:

“We don’t want to be Russians, we want to be Ukrainians,” he said, sitting in a room of brightly coloured bunk-beds. He and his wife had moved to Crimea in 1992 from Uzbekistan, where their parents had been sent during Stalin’s deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944. They worked in construction and got on well with the local Russians. Then the Russian soldiers took over last month. “Now Russians are squabbling over how they will divide up the houses of their Tatar neighbours,” said Kerim’s 21-year-old son. “Even those who are still there.”

I’ve heard this before. It sounds a bit like ethnic cleansing.

Read the complete blog post HERE.


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