Dzhankoy – on December 8 the last court sitting on the case of railway blocking was held.*
A great amount of servicemen wearing their uniforms, who gathered around the building and others wearing usual clothes inside it, made people suppose that the verdict had been made beforehand and those people had to guarantee “peace” in case of any actions undertaken by people. We seemed to move to 60-ies, when soviet courts judged leaders of national movement.**
Judge Ann Kutanova promulgated the verdict, according to which the alleged were sentenced to two years in prison. There were a lot of voices of indignation in the court. And people held a meeting in the court hall after that.
F.Tarsinova, “Golos Kryma” (“The Voice of Crimea”), #51 (370), December 15, 2000, p.1.
Our information: *During a series of Crimean Tatars’ political actions aimed at protecting their rights, which were held around Crimea in May-June 2000, railway was blocked for some period in Dzhankoy. In result, they brought an action against people taking part in railway blocking. For details see “Crimean news 83, 86”.
Resolution of Organization of Crimean Tatar National Movement.
Dzhankoy – on December 8 a so-called judgment on our four compatriots was completed.<…>
It wasn’t so long ago that we had a hope that democratic Ukraine was getting interested in our problems and started feeling responsibilities for the future of the native people. Yet, the verdict of judge A.M.Kutanova activated not by a legal sense but by a sense of a political order, made from higher institutions killed the whole hope.<…>
The state which happened to take care of us, having implemented the first political process during the period of its independent history, isn’t ready to accept opinions of international organizations and observers, who will get our estimates about the whole political situation existing in Dzhankoy during last eight months.<…>
Organization of Crimean Tatar National Movement (OCTNM) finds such a situation inadmissible and states the followings:
- our aim – restoration of national sate system in Crimea – is lofty, sacred and can’t be prosecuted at all;
- whatever the cordons and demonstrative judgments undertaken against the Crimean Tatars are, president and Verkhovna Rada should know that we will reach our aim despite it all some day;
- acute situation of many political problems will be settled only provided that the Ukrainian state sincerely understands that such result of national movement is inevitable.
Chairman of OCTNM E.Khayredinov, “Kyrym” (“The Crimea”), #57 (605), December 16, 2000, p.1.
Our information: *Krymtsy means the Crimean Tatars.
On December 11, they held a sitting in the Republic Committee for nationalities and deported citizens, devoted to discussion of the results of donor conference, held in Kyiv**.
In the course of sitting representatives of donor organizations from Turkey, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands came out with their speeches. The stated that donor-countries intended to allocate $3,5 million for housing deportees.
Lentara Khalilova, “Golos Kryma” (“The Voice of Crimea”), #51 (370), December 15, 2000, p.1.
Our information:* Republic Committee for Nationalities and Deportees is intended for solving problems of housing repatriates in Crimea.
**See “Crimean news 87” about it.
150 new exhibits have been received in the republic Crimean Tatar museum of arts: goods of decorative-and-applied art of 18-20 centuries.
Needlework, upper clothes, sewn linens are collected in the museum. All these exhibits have been traveling to different exhibitions around the world for more than a year.
Previously, all the exhibits delivered to the Crimean museum were kept in Crimean Tatar families living in Romania and Turkey. From now on they will be a part of museum’s fund and will be exhibited in various exhibitions.
S.Kiryanova, “Krymskiye izvestiya” (“The Crimean news”), #232 (2236), December 13, 2000, p.8.