Two Crimean Tatars were murdered by a Ukrainian citizen

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August 30th, 2015 – 
PolitRussia – translated for FR by J. Arnoldski

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As reported by the Vice-Premier of the Council of Ministers of
Crimea in charge of the international relations unit, Ruslan Balbek, the
murderer of two Crimean Tatars was successfully arrested as a result of complex
search operations in the suburbs of Sevastopol. The crime was committed on
August 21st.

According to the data of the operation, on August 21, residents
of the peninsula Selimov Memet and Ibragimov Osman disappeared, and their
bodies, with signs of a violent death, were found in the courtyard of a house
in the village of Bogdanovka near Simferopol. The investigators believe that
this domestic murder occurred after drinking alcoholic beverages, as a result
of which fighting arose.

At the same time, Ukrainian media immediately began to talk about
their favorite topic: the persecution and repression of Crimean Tatars. Ruslan
Balbek added: “Politicians are trying to expose every tragic event on the
peninsula in an attempt to expose persecution of Crimean Tatars by the
government. I wonder what they would say now, when it has become clear that the
murderer of these young Crimean Tatars was a Ukrainian citizen.” 

Note by J. Arnoldski: This revelation regarding the murder of two young Crimean Tatars by a Ukrainian citizen is more important than what might immediately meet the eye. Although it is known that the murder was a result of drunken aggression, the implications are much deeper. Firstly, Ukraine’s selective reporting of this event (omitting the fact that the murderer was a Ukrainian citizen) demonstrates the extent to which Ukraine is desperate to portray the less-than-ideal situation of Crimean Tatars as a result of Russian “annexation.” The murder of two men occurred nearly 10 days ago, yet the Ukrainian government has not even addressed the fact that one of its citizens is guilty of the brutal murder of two representatives of an historically persecuted national minority. Instead, if anything gets reported, it’s likely that the crime will be propagandized as a “symptom of the state of Crimean society under Russian imperialism,” or, at best, the claim could be made that the Ukrainian state would deal with such an issue IF ONLY the peninsula was still under its “rightful” jurisdiction. Yes, the murder was substance-fueled, but it can’t be doubted that ethnic slurs and prejudices played an important role, escalating a typical drunken brawl to the level of fatal violence on ethnic grounds, an occurrence which is so prevalent in Ukraine today. These deep-seated prejudices are in fact the result of Ukraine’s horrific mishandling and neglect of national issues in the country, especially on the Crimean peninsula. In fact, under former Ukrainian jurisdiction, such a crime would in all likelihood remain categorized as “hooliganism” or a “tragic drunken accident,” and no further investigation, or recognition of long-standing ethnic problems would be humored. All that Kiev cares to do is focus its propaganda guns once again on the “tragedy of Crimean Tatars under Russian occupation.” The death of two young Crimean Tatars at the hands of a Ukrainian citizen is unimportant to a regime which habitually murders innocent civilians in its former eastern provinces.

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