Debate at the WNS on the 80th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars

The drama of the small Crimean Tatar nation was discussed at the Faculty of Social Sciences on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the displacement of the Crimean Tatars.

The initiators and discussants of the meeting were prof. dr hab. Cezary Obracht-Prondzyński from the Institute of Sociology of the UG and Nedim Useinov, a graduate of the Institute of Political Science of the UG, an employee of the University of Warsaw and a representative of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars in Poland. He shared his family's story and his own: born in Uzbekistan, he returned to Crimea with his parents as a teenager.

The meeting, organised by the Institute of Political Science, was attended by Refat Chubarov, President of the Medjlis of Crimean Tatars, Piotr Andrusieczko, a correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, and Oleksandr Plodystyi, Consul General of Ukraine in Gdańsk. The meeting was opened by the Head of the Centre for Civil Liberties Oleksandra Matviichuk. The CCL is the organisation that won the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. Daniel Horielov, a student of Diplomacy at UG, made his debut as a translator.

The meeting was chaired by the Director of the UG Institute of Political Science dr hab. Arkadiusz Modrzejewski, prof. UG, who summarised the debate: ‘I sincerely thank the participants for their inspiring and interesting, and at times shocking, speeches, and all those who came to hear about the drama of the small Crimean Tatar nation for their presence. Although 80 years have passed since Stalin's decision, we see history coming full circle and the cruelty of the Kremlin decision-makers affecting the Tatar community once again.’

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