The government of Crimea includes a Committee for Inter-Ethnic Relations and the Affairs of Deported Citizens. Speaking in non-bureaucrat-ese this committee deals with Crimean Tatars, helps to repatriate/integrate Tatars, and also sees to it that the relations between Tatars and non-Tatar ethnic groups run smoothly.
This committee is headed by a man named Zaur Smirnov.
Yesterday, in an interview with VZGLIAD, Smirnov commented on terrorist threats made by another Tatar named Lenur Islyamov. Readers will recall that Islyamov is a Ukrainian-Crimean businessman who organized, and is partially bankrolling, the “Crimea Blockade” movement. This movement, which patrols the entire length of the Ukraine-Crimea border, is responsible for violent acts against truckers and also for destroying electricity pylons. The Blockade paramilitary movement, especially in Kherson Oblast, is rapidly evolving into its own fiefdom, controlled by warlords and not under the authority of the Ukrainian Federal government. Here is what Smirnov had to say about that: “[Whatever Islyamov’s threats against the Russian government], we are much more worried about the absence of a strong central government in the Ukraine itself; of which Islyamov might take advantage.”
A Threat to the Whole Region
Smirnov goes on to warn that Islyamov’s group of bandits present a threat to all of Eastern Europe. This is not too far-blown rhetoric, when one recalls that the actions of this band came close to causing a meltdown at the Zaporozhie Nuclear Plant, near Kherson. Recall that when Islyamov’s men cut down the pylons, causing electrical blackouts in Kherson, this affected backup systems at the nuclear plant as well. Smirnov takes it further, by warning that the power plant itself could appear as an attractive target to these extremists, given that the Ukrainian central government is so weak, and cannot control them.
According to Smirnov, the motley crews of warlords and paramilitaries which currently control Kherson Oblast, consist of a true Islamo-Fascist coalition. Consisting of Islyamov’s people (right-wing Tatars with a jihadi bent who thirst to kill Russians); Ukrainian neo-Nazis such as Right Sektor; and also members of the ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves from Turkey. In other words, all the scrapings from the bottom of the international terrorism barrel. The Grey Wolves, in particular, are dangerous. They are actual soldiers with fighting experience, having just undergone baptism by fire fighting on behalf of ISIS in Syria.
Smirnov points out that the ordinary people of Kherson are already taking steps to self-defend themselves against these militias. Perhaps not even out of geo-political concerns, but simply because the militias are marauding, looting, and destroying local property, wherever they go. The current state in Kherson reminds Smirnov of what Crimeans had to endure, back in March of 2014, when they were invaded by marauding bands of Right Sektor and other extremists.
Threats Against Russia
Yesterday, Lenur Islyamov upped his rhetoric against Russia by announcing the following strategic plans:
- Form a battalion to penetrate “occupied Crimea”
- After re-conquering Crimea, the peninsula will become a Tatar Republic, not Russian or Ukrainian
- Next they will destroy Russia herself, from their base in Crimea: “Just like in The Matrix, we will worm our way into Russia, we will destroy it, via Crimea will come the liberation of all of Russia; first Ukraine and then Russia; the disintegration of Russia will happen because of Crimea.”
- Until that glorious day, Islyamov will content himself by organizing a Crimean-Tatar battalion within the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Last month, on 26 December, Islyamov announced that the Defense Ministry of Turkey is helping to create a volunteer battalion on Ukrainian soil, named after a man named Noman Çelebicihan. I had to google this guy. “Noman” – really? Given Islyamov’s “Matrix” reference, I thought “No-man” would turn out to be something like “Neo” aka “The One.” But no, man, turns out “Noman” actually exists, he was a Crimean Tatar who fought FOR the Ottoman Empire and AGAINST the bloody Bolsheviks during Russian Civil War. And he was a Mufti too, not only of Crimea, but also of Lithuania and Poland! Well, these geo-political feuds go deep, and it proves that nothing ever changes, even after a hundred years! We still see Turkey-Lithuania-Poland allying against Russia, and this time also with Ukrainian neo-Nazis. Superb!
According to wiki, this was Noman’s ultimate fate:
“In January 1918, barely two months after he [Noman] was elected to lead his nation at the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, the Bolshevik forces invaded Crimea. He was arrested and imprisoned in Sevastopol. On February 23, a firing squad of the Black Sea Fleet executed him and threw his body into the sea.”