Simferopol. May 15. INTERFAX – a Memorial service will be held on Thursday in the mosques of the Crimea in memory of the victims of deportation of Crimean Tatars may 18, 1944, reported the press service of the Spiritual administration of Muslims of Crimea and Sevastopol.
“Memorial prayer will be held immediately after the midday prayer. Muslims pray to God for the victims of the deportation, for those who have not lived who have not seen their homeland, and who forever remained in a foreign land,” – noted in the Crimean Muftiyat.
188 thousand Crimean Tatars were deported from Crimea to Central Asia, Siberia and the Urals 18-20 may 1944 on Stalin’s orders, after accusations of mass collaboration with the Nazis and the killings of Soviet partisans. Soviet authorities in the late 1980-ies and rehabilitated the people, and then began the mass return of Crimean Tatars to the Peninsula. Now live in the Republic of 1.9 million people, of whom 13% – the Crimean Tatars.
A memorial prayer will be held in the framework of events timed to the Day of memory of victims of deportation from Crimea Crimean Tatars, Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, Germans and other peoples of the Peninsula.