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You're reading: Olena Makarenko: How Ukraine treats Crimean Tatars after the occupation of Crimea

On May 18, 1944, the tragic deportation of Crimean Tatars was initiated by the Soviet People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD). In result, at least 183,185 people were evicted (up to 240,000 by other estimates) – the majority were transported to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. According to different data, during 1944-1945 up to 46 percent of those evicted died.

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