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What will become of the Tatars? [Commentary]
What will become of the Tatars? [Commentary]

Russia annexed Ukraine's southern Crimea region, despite the fact that a significant minority of the Crimean population are not ethnically Russian nor interested in joining the Russian Federation. Approximately 12 percent of the Crimean population — over 250,000 people — are ethnically "Tatar," a largely pro-Ukrainian, Sunni Muslim group. They have an embattled history with Russia. In 1944, Stalin exiled the Tatar population to Central Asia, and over half of the population died in the forced migration. The Tatars were only allowed to return to their ancestral homeland in Crimea in 1989 and have since been engaged in land disputes with the ethnic Russian majority....

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