International Committee for Crimea
|Surgun: Deportation of Crimean Tatars
Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR
The following is the text of the Soviet decree, issued on 5 September 1967, withdrawing the accusations against the Crimean Tatar population and clearing them of charges of collaboration with Nazis during World War II. Because it was printed only in official Soviet publications and a few Central Asian newspapers, it is generally not known in Russia and the former Soviet Union states. From: The Nation Killers: The Soviet Deportation of Nationalities (New York, 1970) by Robert Conquest, pp. 186-187. The Decree was published in the Bulletin of the Supreme Soviet, No. 36 (8 September 1967).
On citizens of Tatar nationality formerly resident in the Crimea
After the liberation of the Crimea from Fascist occupation in 1944, accusations of active collaboration of a section of the Tatars resident in the Crimea with the German usurpers were groundlessly levelled at the whole Tatar population of the Crimea. These indiscriminate accusations in respect of all the citizens of Tatar nationality who lived in the Crimea must be withdrawn, the more so since a new generation of people has entered on its working and political life.
The Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet decrees to:
With the aim of further developing areas with Tatar population, the Council Ministers of Union Republics are instructed to continue rendering help and assistance to citizens of Tatar nationality in economic and cultural construction, taking account of their interests and peculiarities.
Chairman of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet,
Secretary of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet,
Moscow, the Kremlin, 5 September 1967.