If the Crimean Tatars had not been deprived of their homeland in 1944, the people would have had more opportunities for self-preservation and development. This opinion was expressed by the Crimean Tatar actor and director Akhtem Seitablayev.

“If the deportation had not taken place, the fate of the Crimean Tatar people, on the one hand, would not differ much from the fate of other peoples who lived on the territory of the Soviet Union, but when a people has the opportunity to live in homeland, develop itself and develop its language, has the tools set of the people who have their own state, we would call it a republic or an autonomous republic, it seems to me that some of today's problems would not had grounds for emerging," he said.

Seitablayev called deportation a "strong vaccination" from shifting responsibility for the fate of the native people to others.

“It is worth looking at the peoples who did not lose their statehood during the existence of the Soviet Union: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine ... Although everywhere there were harsh conditions and the Soviet authorities sought to make us all "homo soveticus" that would not differ from each other, but the existence of a separate republic gave more opportunities for self-preservation and development. On the other hand, it is a strong vaccination against self-deception and shifting responsibility, that someone else will give us these opportunities," Seitablayev noted in a comment to QHA correspondent.

Earlier QHA reported that holding an action to commemorate the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people was not allowed in the city of Feodosia in the occupied Crimea.