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Crimean news 81.

(Mass Media review for 23-28 October 2000).

Articles are abridged.


On a business trip.

Against the visit of NATO ships.

Information acknowledged.

News from Mejlis

Every third able-bodied resident of Simferopol is unemployed.

How do you fare in Poland..?

Hero's jubilee.

World's culture is the world of culture.

Alim* brigand and some other films.

Romanian meetings.





On a business trip.

French transport-assisting vessel "Bugenville" will visit Sevastopol port on a business aim in accordance with the plan of military collaboration of two ministries of defense - Ukrainian and French.

In the course of the visit French seamen headed by the vessel commander will visit the Ukrainian Military Navy Force Administration. They will visit the commanding vessel of Ukrainian Military Navy Force, and get acquainted with memorials of Sevastopol City. The visit plan foresees a sport meeting of French seamen with their Ukrainian colleagues.

Interfax-Ukraine, "Krymskiye Izvestiya" ("The Crimean news"), #196(2200), 24 October 2000, p.2.


Against the visit of NATO ships.

Sevastopol residents and non-governmental organizations have been actively opposing the visit of NATO ships to Sevastopol port lately.

City Council* has responded public calls and considered the issue of NATO ships' visits to Sevastopol port which have become rather frequent lately. It was emphasized that as this military-political organization was moving to East, to the Russian borders, such visits to the port where the Black Sea Fleet of RF* was located, caused worries and concerns of thousands of Sevastopol residents, who thought that it was their duty to do anything necessary for preserving and strengthening friendly relationships of Ukraine and Russia.

The City Council told it was not satisfied with these facts that have become frequent lately. They have decided to address to the ministries of defense and foreign affairs of Ukraine asking to give a reasonable explaining on this matter.

Grigoriy Staroverov, "Krymskaya Pravda" ("The Crimean Truth"), #194(22607), 24 October 2000, p.1.

Our information: *City and Village Councils are the local organs of the executive power.

**RF stands for the Russian Federation.


Information acknowledged.

The chairman of the Ministry of Council, Sergey Kunitsyn has confirmed the information that the president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma will visit Crimean peninsula in the beginning of November. L.Kuchma is expected to hold a sitting with the President's Council of the Crimean Tatar people. He might hold a meeting devoted to the socio-economic problems of Crimea as well.

"Krymskaya gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), #194 (22607), 25 October 2000, p.1.


News from Mejlis.


On October 15, the chairman of Mejlis, M.Dzhemilev took part in the conference of Bakhchisaray regional Mejlis. They considered the issues of providing land plots to the Crimean Tatars living in the district, issue of establishing a Crimean Tatar Council at the district state administration. The conference participants reelected Ilmi Umerov to the post of the chairman of regional mejlis for an additional term.

On October 19, the Draft of Law of Ukraine "About the status of the Crimean Tatar people" was considered at the sitting of the Committee for human rights, national minorities and interethnic relations of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine*. The law draft was confirmed and recommended for consideration at the plenary sitting of the parliament by the majority of the Committee, which includes the Chairman of Mejlis Mustafa Dzhemilev and his first deputy Refat Chubarov.

On the same day, they held an informational briefing-presentation of the Program for development and integration in Crimea for 2001-2004. The briefing, chaired by the representative of the UN Program for development in Ukraine Douglas Gardener, was devoted to consideration of the results of implementation of the previous UN program for Crimean Tatars and other deportees' integration. They also considered the submitted project for coming four years. M.Dzhemilev, R.Chubarov and others have introduced several remarks on how the previous projects had been implemented. In particular, they paid a special attention to the fact that the program, first of all, had to be agreed upon with the representatives of the people for which the program was aimed at. They also said they were sorry that a considerable part of donor facilities had been wasted on conducting meaningless "workshops" with the participating of incompetent people who were eager to preserve inequity of the Crimean Tatar people. They are also sorry that authorities have built one more Russian school but not a national Crimean Tatar one. They have also reached an agreement that all the corrections Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people had introduced into the program would be taken into consideration.

On October 20, they held a meeting of delegates group of Crimea and Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with the minister of finance of Ukraine I.Mityukov. The meeting was devoted to discussion of the draft budget of Ukraine for 2001. The chairman of Mejlis, M.Dzhemilev took part in the meeting as well. He held a separate meeting with I.Mityukov, where M.Dzhemilev drew minister's attention the fact that if the Crimean parliament did not introduce any changes into the Crimean budget then it would probably exclude assignations aimed at the solution of deportee's problems from the budget of Crimea. On this ground, M.Dzhemilev proposed I.Mityukov to foresee assignations equaling not less than 65 million grivnas* for housing of Crimean Tatars and other deportees in the state project.

On October 21, they held a sitting of Mejlis presidium devoted to the issues of coming-up Kurultay 3, land problems and the situation connected with Bakhchisaray court's decision on the case of Aksakals brought against a Mejlis member, Ilmi Umerov.***

On October 23, a meeting of Mejlis chairman, Mustafa Dzhemilev, his deputy R.Ablayev, chairman of the revision commission of Kurultay A.Mustafayev with the chairman of Bakhchisaray district state administration, V.Tsyganskiy, his deputies I.Umrov and R.Chigoz was held in Bakhchisaray. They considered the issue of allotting land plots to the Crimean Tatars.

Crimean Tatar people's Mejlis press-service,.

Our information: *Verkhovnaya Rada is the parliament of Ukraine.

**Ukrainian grivna stands against US dollar at the following rate: 1 USD=5,4 grivnas.

***See "Crimean news 46" on this issue.


Social sphere.


Every third able-bodied resident of Simferopol is unemployed.

Every third able-bodied resident of Simferopol is deprived of opportunity to get a guaranteed income.

Doctors, teachers, servicemen and workers of plants make up the majority of the unemployed in Simferopol.

Among Simferopol residents left without employment we can observe the following rates: 61% - are men, 31 - are women, 47% of them are middle-aged, the youth makes up 40% and people older than 50 make up 13%.

40% of Simferopol's unemployed residents have university degrees and the rest has got special technical education.

Interfax-Ukraine, "Krymskiye izvestiya" ("The Crimean news"), #199 (2203), 27 October 2000, p.5.


Culture, history.


How do you fare in Poland..?

A "Polish Moslems" exhibition was opened in Yevpatoriya library of Krupskaya. It is dedicated to the Crimean Tatars who have been living in the neighboring country for 600 years.

The photo-documentary exhibition was prepared by the Polish Institute of Culture, which works in Kyiv. It has already been held in Kyiv and Simferopol before. People show their interest in Yevpatoriya as well.

According to the photos, Polish Moslems, as the Crimean Tatars are called in Poland, have preserved their originality, culture and language. And yet, the Crimean Tatars play a very appreciable role in the Polish society. They serve in army, occupying high commander posts, they are deputies the Seym and organs of local authorities.

After being demonstrated in Yevpatoriya, the exhibition will move to Stariy Krym, later to Tashkent, Alma-Aty and other Asian cities.

Valentin Kostrov, "Krymskaya Gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), #196(116052), 24 October 2000, p.4.


Hero's jubilee.

They celebrated the 80th anniversary of Amet-khan Sultan, outstanding son of the Crimean Tatar people, two-times hero of the Soviet Union, prominent pilot-tester.

He was a pilot-fighter during the Great Patriotic War. He made 603 war flights and conducted 150 sky fights.

He tested 100 planes. And perished when testing a new aviation invention.

On October 19, the Great Patriotic War veterans and students of the Crimean State Industry-Pedagogical Institute had lain flowers at the memorial desk of Amet-khan Sultan, which is situated on Amet-khan Sultan Square in Simferopol. Later, they held a memory program, dedicated to this great man. And on October 25 the solemn measures were held in Alupka, hero's motherland.

"Avdet" ("The Returning"), #19 (253), 26 October 2000, p.1-2.


World's culture is the world of culture.

This is how they called the exhibition of the Crimean painters, devoted to the 55th anniversary of UN and International year of world's culture.

The exhibition, opened on October 24, includes more than 50 paintings of 26 masters of painting and applied art - Crimean residents.

The UN Program for development and integration of Crimea, Crimean Consultative council organized this exhibition.

Masters of painting were granted certificates proving that they are the members of "World's culture is the world of culture" exhibition. Classical music concert added happy mood to the participants.

Valentina Selivanova, "Krymskaya gazeta" ("The Crimean newspaper"), #199 (16055), 27 October 2000, p.1.


Alim* brigand and some other films.

There is an old film on in the capital's cinema equipped with "Dolby Stereo" system. Films about Alim brigand, created by our cinematographers in 1914 and 1926 were shown during one the evening.

The show initiator, Ismail Khatipov has already introduced these masterpieces to the Crimean viewers.

- I think that our main task is to do everything in order to make peoples closer but not separate them - said Ismail Khatipov.

Alexey Vasilyev, "Krymskoye Vremya" ("The Crimean time"), #199 (1066),, 26 October 2000, p.7.

Our information: *Alim is the Crimean Tatar folklore hero.


Romanian meetings.

The third stage of expedition, organized by the Republic Crimean Tatar museum of arts under the invitation of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora in Romania "Democratic unity of the Romania's Crimean Tatars" has extended collaboration on the problems of regenerating the national culture.

Regenerating of the national culture and discussions with its best members is the goal, which determined the idea and aim of the expedition.

In the course of work they collected museum exhibits that included old household goods, Crimean Tatars' clothes they wore in the beginning of the century. Two wedding dresses are the most valuable among them. They also managed to find some national singers having a very interesting folklore song repertoire.

Together with collecting of musical material they got acquainted with singing and dancing collectives of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora.

Sadiha Ziyadinova, "Krymskiye izvestiya" ("The Crimean news"0, #198 (2202), 26 October 2000, p.7.



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