The Kiev authorities and Ukrainian nationalist leaders place great hope in Crimean Tatar radicals, Essence of Time social movement activists, Dmitry Stankevich and Sergey Sokolov stated in their presentation at the scientific-practical conference “Ukrainism: Who constructed it and why” on October 12, Rossa Primavera News Agency reports.
“One cannot say that radicals have completely lost their influence in Crimea. Senior Mejlis members (“Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People”, organization banned in Russia – Rossa Primavera News Agency note) have entered social organizations such as ‘Qirim’ and ‘Inkishaf’, which are far from being banned, advance. The pro-Arab ALRAID Association continues its operation in Crimea under the name of the ‘Creation Association’. Notably, on December 22nd, 2015, the President of this association, Mohammad Taha, speaking on the First Crimean TV-channel said that the Spiritual Administration of the Crimean Muslims and the Crimean Minister of Education Goncharova support the Creation Association’s activity in Crimea,” the speakers said.
In 1917, during the period of post-revolutionary collapse, a radical part of the Crimean Tatar population started actively cooperating with the Ukrainian nationalists, who dreamed of combatting Russian centralism, according to the presentation on “The integration of Crimea into Russia and the Islamic factor“.
A new period of Bandera Nazi and Crimean Tatar radical cooperation started after the Great Patriotic War.
“The idea of using different peoples living in Russia in order to destroy it became very popular. In 1946, Bandera’s associate Yaroslav Stetsko created the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN) under the patronage of the Western intelligence agencies in Munich, claiming that Russia’s ‘enslaved peoples’ must be liberated… The Crimean Tatars participated in the ABN’s activity,” the activists of the Essence of Time social movement said.
After the collapse of the USSR, various radical Islamic groups began to infiltrate Crimea. The speakers said that according to Ruslan Saitvaliyev, the mufti of the Tavrida Muftiate, ISIL (organization banned in Russia – Rossa Primavera News Agency note) had recruited about 500 people from Crimea alone as of November 2014. According to Zaur Smirnov, the head of the Crimean State Committee for Interethnic Relations and Deported Citizens, following Crimea’s reunification with Russia, ISIL (organization banned in Russia – Rossa Primavera News Agency note) recruiters fled to Ukraine. Thus, before Crimea’s reunification with Russia, active pro-ISIL activity was carried out there and, apparently, not without Kiev’s consent.”
Crimean radicals took an active role in the Maidan events of 2013-2014 by supporting the violent overthrow of the government. Crimea’s reunification with Russia has paused the process of Islamic radicalization of the peninsula. For example, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, which actively cooperated with the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) (organization banned in Russia), was recognized as extremist.
The scientific-practical conference “Ukrainism: Who constructed it and why” took place in Moscow on October 11 and 12, organized by Essence of Time social movement and Experimental Creative Centre International Public Foundation. The emphasis of the researchers, who presented a monograph by the same name via the conference, was not on real history of Ukraine, which is firmly connected with Russian history, but the fundamentally anti-Russian construct of “Ukrainism”, which had been created over many centuries, and which the present Ukrainian regime is actively implementing.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency