“Son of Crimea” Mustafa Dzhemilev
Mustafa Dzhemilev, also widely known by his adopted descriptive surname Qırımoğlu “Son of Crimea”, is a political and public figure, human rights activist, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, and a member of the Ukrainian Parliament since 1998.
His entire life is dedicated to the struggle: first, the struggle against the Soviet totalitarian system, and now — against Putin’s Russia, which annexed his home — the Crimean peninsula — in 2014. Since then, Mustafa Dzhemilev has not been at home, remaining politically active in mainland Ukraine.
Mustava Dzhemilev says the methods of persecution of the Crimean Tatars in 2014 in Russian-occupied Crimea in some ways exceed those adopted during the Soviet regime among them secret abductions and murders, masked people surrounding houses without search warrants, etc.“The searches are conducted with excessive material damages and humiliation. All of our fellow compatriots are under the impression that they [Russians] are purposefully trying to provoke resistance to be able to justify a more violent reaction on their side,” said Dzhemilev.
“We are confronted by a [Russian] monstrous force, a country that has absolutely no regard for human lives. And for us, human lives have value, so we are forced to tolerate aggression and retreat,” said Mustafa Dzhemilev.
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An interview with Mustafa Dzhemilev, representative of the Crimean Tatars