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Russia Courts Crimea’s Muslims
VOA ^ | June 09, 2014 7:08 PM | James Brooke

Posted on 06/14/2014 11:52:59 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Three months after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea, the Russian ruble is now the currency of the peninsula, and half of Crimea’s 2.3 million residents have applied for Russian passports. But there is one cloud on this Black Sea landscape—Crimea’s Muslim minority, the Tatars.

A Moscow show of paintings by Crimean Tatars brings out Russia’s elite.

Ravil Gainutdin, Russia’s Grand Mufti, or supreme Muslim leader, visited Crimea right after Russia’s annexation. He welcomes Crimea’s 250,000 Tatars into the family of Russia’s 20 million Muslims.

“I hope that Crimean Tatars will gain decent living conditions and political representation as Russian citizens,” said Gainutdin. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; putin; rop; ukraine

1 posted on 06/14/2014 11:52:59 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Putin’s mistress and two illegitimate children are Tatars. Putin just gave Russian citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Crimean moslem Tatars.

2 posted on 06/14/2014 1:52:31 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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I’ve heard it said that the Crimean Tatars are actually pro-Ukraine. Putin probably is going to try to use the old carrot and stick approach to them. Supposedly, the Russians had a plan recently to ethnically cleanse Crimea of it’s Tatar population, at least a good portion of it.

3 posted on 06/14/2014 2:02:44 PM PDT by Jacob Kell (The last good thing that the UN did was Korea.)
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