Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ilmi Umerov laid flowers at the memorial plaque to the 1944 Deportation Victims today.

“At about 7 a.m., I with Erwin Ibraimov and my son Süleyman laid flowers at the memorial plaque outside the Bakhchysarai Railway Station. It is worth noting that we were not the first, there had already been a few bunches of flowers,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Earlier, Ilmi Umer said that the Crimea-wide events were not provided for in Crimea on May 18 this year. Each regional or local Mejlis is to hold its own campaign. Later on, the police raided the Mejlis Deputy Chairman’s house warning him against organization of mass events dedicated to the 1944 Crimean Tatar Remembrance Day of Deportation in Bakhchysarai.

On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government forcibly deported the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were deported, 46% of whom, mostly elderly people, women and children, died in special settlements in the first years of deportation.

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation, a number of events, including rallies, flash mobs, lessons at schools and NGOs and activists’ initiatives will be held in Kyiv and all over Ukraine on May 18, 2016.

PHOTO: Facebook Ilmi Umerov