In Simferopol, several journalists were not allowed to be present at event on Crimean Tatars deportation commemoration sanctioned by authorities
On May 17 in Simferopol, several journalists were not allowed to be present at the event “Light a fire in your heart!”. The organizers denied access to the event for the journalists of some Crimean and foreign mass media – including the Crimean Tatar channel ATR and European mass media. They explained that accreditation is required for this event, which was initiated by the Committee of Crimean Tatar youth, which is now headed by Aslan Smirnov, son of the head of the State Committee for Ethnic Issues of Crimea Zaur Smirnov. As it was discovered later, the accreditation was supposed to be granted by the Council of Ministers of Crimea, but this information was not in public domain before the actual event. The security at the event was high-profile - metal fences, a lot of police and pro-Russian "self-defense" members.
May 18 is the day of commemoration of Crimean Tatars deportation from Crimea: on this day in 1944 deportation began. In the course of the deportation, 180 thousand Crimean Tatars were moved by trains to Middle Asia.