The Euronews TV channel has corrected the number in the English version of the publication on the number of deported Crimean Tatars, which drew the attention of official representatives of the foreign Ministry of Russia Maria Zakharova. Data on the number deported from the Peninsula of people in the Russian and English versions of the material differ in ten times.
In Russian version of article about the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars said that from the Peninsula were deported over 200 thousand people in the period from 18 to 20 may 1944, in the English version of the material it was alleged that from the Crimea deported “over 2 million men, women and children.”
“And that’s not a typo, not randomly assigned an extra toe or two million in the English texts written by the letters,” claimed a representative of the foreign Ministry. “Waiting for an official apology from the TV channel Euronews”, — said Zakharov.
As of 14:00 Moscow time in the English version of the material Euronews the figure of 2 million changed to 200 thousand, and in the first paragraph of text is given a note: “This text has been updated to change the originally specified number of victims of deportation.”
In April 2014, after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the rehabilitation of the peoples of the Crimea, including Crimean Tatars, Armenians, and Greeks who suffered from repressions of the Stalin era. In the text of the decree particularly reads that the document was necessary “to restore historical justice, the consequences of the illegal deportation from the territory of the Crimean ASSR Armenian, Bulgarian, Greek, Crimean Tatar and German peoples and the violation of their rights”. At the end of April 2016, the Supreme court of Crimea has recognized the public Association “the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people” extremist organization and banned its activities in Russia. The decision was made on representation of the Prosecutor of the Republic Natalia Polonskaya, which stated that the work of Parliament is based on the struggle with Russia, and the Crimean-Tatar people, in this case, is used “as a bargaining chip”.