Russia seems to have built a civil religion for itself from May 9th. And crossed out of it Crimean Tatars. Because of this, they are doomed to be in their homeland not only in a numerical minority, but also in an ethical one.
It's about 18 May - the day deportations. This date is separated from May 9 only a few days. But if the first date in Russia is remembered lushly and loudly, then they try not to notice the second. Because the memory of it risks destroying everything that modern Russia relies on.
After the Crimea was liberated from the Germans, the indigenous people of the peninsula were taken to Central Asia. Unlike many other peoples, the Crimean Tatars were not allowed to return home until the end of perestroika. And even after the Soviet Union collapsed, Soviet mythology continued to live in Crimea.
After 1991, the peninsula turned into a reserve. Pro-Soviet nostalgia has taken its roots far deeper than in many other regions of the former empire. The myth of the "native Russian Crimea" was carefully preserved - and therefore any attempts to colorize the black and white picture were thwarted.
The Soviet concept allowed the Crimean Tatars to be deleted from the history of the region. She allowed to declare the whole nation a traitor, and then deny him the right to a house. Moreover, they were an exception even against the background of other peoples of the USSR. The Soviet Union declared all the rest the victorious nations, among which were individual collaborators. And only the Crimean Tatars were declared a traitorous nation, among which “individual heroes met.”
Any discussion on this topic was considered unacceptable. Because it destroyed the main myth of the Soviet empire - about the Great Patriotic War.
Within the framework of this myth, the whole history of the war was presented as a struggle of absolute good and absolute evil. If you add the deportation of the Crimean Tatars to this uncomplicated concept, it turns out that in Crimea good defeated evil and then, 18 on May 1944 of the year committed the crime itself. This approach is absolutely unrepresentable for the Soviet layman, and therefore they preferred not to recall the deportation, either escaped with on-duty phrases, or said that the Crimean Tatars themselves were to blame for their fate.
The deportation of the indigenous people allowed us to re-invent the story Crimea. Crimean Tatar place names hastily replaced. History books have been rewritten. And even the kebab in Crimean establishments up to the collapse of the Soviet Union was served as “Simferopol sausages.”
However, Soviet mythology did not die with the USSR. Very little time has passed - and now it is again raised to the banners of today's Russia. Moreover, the "Great Patriotic War" became a civil religion, designed to justify everything that was before the war, and everything that happened after it. The current rulers of the Kremlin are declared heirs of the victors, and therefore any uncomfortable truth about those years is ruthlessly extinct and forbidden. Because it destroys the ethical foundation of the existence of modern Russia.
Soviet ethics, rhetoric and even self-awareness are now again the mainstream in modern Russia, which is now fighting for the right to replay 1991 year . After the annexation of Crimea, the indigenous people of the peninsula are doomed to live in a country that erases it from their own history. And the day of deportation is perceived as a day of repentance - but not before the Crimean Tatars, but for the Crimean Tatars.
They were presented with a very simple choice. They must accept the ethics and aesthetics of the state that sent them to deportation in the middle of the last century. They must agree with the civil religion of modern Russia, which actually justifies all the actions of the war period, including the eviction of Crimean Tatars from the territory of the peninsula. In addition, they are required to accept the new citizenship of the peninsula. Otherwise, they will continue to be regarded as the main troublemakers and potential violators of the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.
With all the ensuing consequences.
Published with the personal permission of the author