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Day 749: March 7, 2016
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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Crimean Tatar Mejlis Building In Simferopol Attacked
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Eskender Bariiev, coordinator of the Committee for Defense of the Rights of the Crimean Tatar People, reports that the building housing the Simferopol regional Mejlis (Crimean Tatar assembly) was attacked yesterday.

Bariiev wrote on his Facebook page that unknown individuals had smashed the windows of the building in the capital of the Ukrainian region, which has been under Russian occupation since the end of February 2014.

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Meanwhile the local branch of the Communist Party complained the same day that a plaque of Stalin, mounted on the wall of their committee building in Simferopol in May last year, had been defaced.

Someone had spray-painted the word "палач" - "executioner" on the wall beside the stela:

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During the Second World War, Stalin ordered the deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar population from the peninsula. Perhaps more than 100,000 died of disease and starvation as they were deported to Central Asia and the right of return was not restored until the final days of the Soviet Union, by which time lands had been seized by the government and reassigned.

-- Pierre Vaux