Mourning ceremonies marking the 71st anniversary of the deportation from Crimea of Crimean Tatars, Armenians, Bulgarians, Greeks and Germans are being held in Simferopol on Monday, an Interfax correspondent has reported.
Hundreds of people, including top officials of Crimea, are laying down flowers to the monument of the people killed as a result of the deportation, which is located near the Simferopol railway station. People are carrying flowers to the memorial to victims of the deportation near the botanical garden of Crimean Federal University and the memorial Revival located near the Engineering Pedagogical University.
According to the press service for Sergei Aksyonov, the head of Crimea, a capsule is expected to be embedded on the memorial construction site. The memorial will be located at the railway station Siren in the Bakhchisaray district, from where thousands of Crimean Tatars who had lived in the mountainous part of Crimea and on the southern coast of the peninsula were deported.
A requiem event devoted to deportation remembrance day will be held in the largest concert hall of Simferopol in the evening.
Over 180,000 Crimean Tatars were deported from Crimea in May 1944 after the peninsula was liberated from the German army. Most of the deported people were sent to the republics of Central Asia. Some 40,000 Bulgarians, Armenians, Greeks and representatives of other ethnicities were deported from Crimea in June 1944.
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