Russian propaganda tries to present a distorted history of the Crimea, in which there is no place for the Crimean Tatars, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova stated during the round table on the topic "Ukrainian Social Humanitarism: The Context of Occupation and De-occupation".

“Not only culture, art, education became part of Russian propaganda. For example, the money bills are issued one by one, depicting Crimea as Russian territory, the world's art figures go to the Crimea and integrate the Crimea into Russian reality, films are made in the Crimea and broadcast in some European countries. The main thing in this distortion, the "kingdom of crooked mirrors", is the historical aspect as they try to show the Hellenic period of the history of the Crimea - and then suddenly the Russian period. As if there were no Crimean Tatars at all," Dzhaparova said.

In turn, Deputy Director of the Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies named after Mikhail Hrushevsky of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Oleksandr Mavrin noted that the Crimean Tatar youth today must collect and preserve memories of their ancestors who survived the horrors of the totalitarian Soviet regime. This will prevent Russia from representing myths about the Crimea without the Crimean Tatars to the world community.

"Today, apart from training specialists who would work with Ottoman-Turkish documents, it is also necessary to mobilize young Crimean Tatars to record the memories of their grandparents who are the source of important information leaving us. Keeping it is as important as working in archives. They are the sources of the people’s memory," the scientist emphasized.

In the course of the conversation, the Director of the Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies Georgy Papakin told a detective story of the disappearance of all archives and a database of sources that have proved the identity of the Crimea in the region, starting with its first Russian annexation by Catherine in 1783. He stressed the need to restore and reconstruct the archive of the Crimean Khanate of the XV-XVIII centuries. Moscow created a myth that the policy of the Crimean Khanate was based solely on bilateral relations with Russia, missing the fact that the embassies of the Crimean khans were stationed in countries throughout Europe and parts of Asia. According to the scientist, to restore the historical data of this period, it is necessary to explore the archives of neighboring countries - Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Sweden, Turkey, and Russia.

George Papakin also noted that many documents relating to the Crimean Tatars can be found in the archives of Kosh Zaporozhye Cossacks, who, by the way, fluently spoke the Crimean Tatar language.

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