The decree for the rehabilitation of minorities such as Armenians, Greeks, Germans and Tatars, who had suffered in the days of Stalin — according to the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s announcement at a meeting of the State Council — has been signed.
“I have signed a decree to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatar population, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks — all those who suffered (in Crimea) during Stalin’s repressions,” stated the Russian president.
Members of the powerful Muslim Tatar minority, which numbers 300,000 people who are about 15 percent of the total Crimea population, were opposed to the annexation of the peninsula to Russia.
The decree aspires “to restore historical justice and remove the consequences of the illegal deportation (of the groups) and the violations of their rights.”
Putin himself had announced the rehabilitation in a statement on March 18.