ECMI Issue Brief #32 released

ECMI PublicationsWhat do the Crimean Tatars face in Crimea? This is the highly topical title of ECMI Issue Brief #32 by Dr Alexander Osipov. The Brief is online now.

The Issue Brief #32 concerns further developments which the Crimean Tatars may experience after the Russian annexation of Crimea. The Crimean Tatars are the second largest minority in the Crimean peninsula. They are represented by politically active movements with far-reaching claims concerning the status of Crimean Tatars and territorial self-determination.

Within less than one month the Crimean Tatars as well as their homeland have been transferred to another country with different political and legal systems and potentially a less friendly social environment.

Since the contours of the future legal and institutional framework for the accommodation of Crimean Tatars are not fully clear, the Issue Brief #32 projects the major organizational setups and patterns of Russian ethnopolitics onto Crimea and tentatively assess their applicability.

Dr Osipov and the Issue Brief #32 concludes that in a formal sense the Russian rule does not promise the Crimean Tatars much more than they already had in Ukraine. However, it puts them at risk of a strict police control and pressure.

Such arrangements as territorial and non-territorial autonomy, power-sharing, ‘rehabilitation’ of the Crimean Tatars as victims of the past repressions may take place but they would have limited practical sense.

Cultural programmes and recruitment of Crimean Tatars to the regional administration are unlikely to be legally guaranteed and will be fully dependent on the discretion of Russian and Crimean authorities, so Dr Osipov.

Senior Research Associate Dr Alexander Osipov is heading the ECMI Justice & Governance Cluster.

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ECMI Issue Briefs problematize and present minority issues that have been identified as relevant for greater dissemination by the Centre’s research team. They aim to introduce important issues for further debate and where relevant make recommendations for future agenda setting.

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The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is a non-partisan institution founded in 1996 by the Governments of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the German State of Schleswig-Holstein.

ECMI was established in Flensburg, at the heart of the Danish-German border region, in order to draw from the encouraging example of peaceful coexistence between minorities and majorities achieved here. ECMI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary research on issues related to minorities and majorities in a European perspective and to contribute to the improvement of interethnic relations in those parts of Western and Eastern Europe where ethnopolitical tension and conflict prevail.

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