Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is hoping that the decree on the rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars will become a foundation for the development of this nation and their further rehabilitation will take place under a federal program for the development of Crimea.
During a meeting with representatives of Crimean Tatars, Putin said that NKVD troops carried out an inhumane action to deport a whole nation from Crimea on May 18-24, 1944. Putin believes the Crimean Tatars suffered the most because they returned to Crimea later than other peoples.
"In 1991, the Russian Federation passed a law on the rehabilitation of repressed peoples. Naturally, Crimean Tatars were not included in that document then for obvious reasons, namely, because Crimea was then part of Ukraine," Putin said.
However, "the situation has now changed," he said. "You know that I signed a decree on the rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars on April 21 and I really hope it will become a foundation for the systemic events associated with the cultural rehabilitation, political rehabilitation associated with building a normal life and creating conditions for the development of the Crimean Tatars in their homeland," Putin said.
He reiterated that this issue is also related to the vital issue of property registration, including the registration of land sites.
"I believe this work has to be done in cooperation with the republic's administration and it can't be otherwise," Putin said.
"All work on the economic rehabilitation, let's call it that, will take place on the basis of the federal program on the development of Crimea adopted by the government of the Russian Federation," Putin said, adding that the part of the program dealing with the support of the Crimean Tatars should be significant and specific.
Putin said that few things were done in the past twenty years to support people returning to their permanent residence from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, etc. Putin also said that the president of Tatarstan had told him that people live in very difficult conditions and have no good roads or social establishments.
"For this reason, a lot of work will have to be done. Under the future program, all events associated with the true rehabilitation in all areas will be envisioned," the president said.
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