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Crimean Tatars deported by Stalin rally against Russia #Russia #Ukraine #Crimea

Crimean Tatars deported by Stalin rally against Russia #Russia #Ukraine #Crimea

Map locating the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula MCT SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — "Where are the separatists?" demanded the Crimean Tatar protester as he stamped his wooden stick on the ground after bursting into the region's parliament. As calls from the Russian majority in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea for incorporation into Russia grow louder, the Muslim Tatar minority is growing militant too. Deported from Crimea in 1944 by Soviet leader Josef Stalin, with almost half dying from hunger, thirst and disease, the Tatars support the pro-European opposition that toppled Kremlin- backed President Viktor Yanukovych after three months of protests. Their opposition to Russia is already sparking ethnic conflict, giving Russian President Vladimir Putin an opportunity to play the Crimean secessionist card. "The Ukrainian people paid with their blood to get rid...

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