David Motadel

David Motadel is a research fellow in history at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge.

Short Cuts: The Crimean Tatars

David Motadel, 17 April 2014

The strongest​ local resistance to Putin’s annexation of Crimea has come from the peninsula’s Muslim minority. The Crimean Tatars, 12 per cent of the population, largely boycotted last month’s independence referendum, and many took to the streets in protest. The Tatars have a troubled history with Russia. Catherine the Great annexed the Crimean Khanate – until then a...

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