Crimean Tatars Mark 71st Anniversary of Stalin’s Mass Deportation with Mountain Climb Amidst Banned Rallies

May 18, 2015

Today marks the 71st anniversary of Stalin’s mass deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from their homeland on the Crimean peninsula to closed settlements in Central Asia. More than 200,000 people were rousted from their homes at night to be packed into cattle cars for the trip, in which some 100,000 died of suffocation, exposure or starvation.