Crimean Tatars Feel Abandoned by Turkey

Ethnic Tatars attend a wake for Crimean Tatar poet and translator Selim Shakir at his house in Simferopol in November 2008. Before Russian troops invaded Crimea and the peninsula was annexed by Russia, about 300,000 ethnic Tatars had returned to resettle in Crimea after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. (Photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Turkey has professed itself the steadfast defender of the Crimean Tatars’ minority rights, but, so far, that mission has not interfered with its interest in trade with Russia, its largest export-import partner.
 

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Nicholas Clayton is a reporter based in Istanbul.

Crimean Tatars Feel Abandoned by Turkey

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