In Kyiv continues hearing on the case of treason, ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. After former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and interior Minister Arsen Avakov and speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrew Parubiy on the “stage” was a member of Parliament and Chairman of the banned in Russia, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars Refat Chubarov. For several hours he talked of the surrender of Kiev to the Crimea, never mentioning the Yanukovych.
The performance of the Crimean Tatar policy was dedicated to the process of joining the Crimea to Russia. According to him, in 2013 the authorities of the Peninsula was completely focused on Moscow, actively supported the “Maidan” in Kiev and created the so-called “self-defense units”. According to Chubarov, in January-February 2014, the Kremlin tried to establish contact with him, too, in particular, called him with a proposal to meet with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov. However, the leader of the Majlis refused, saying that anything but the future of the Crimean Tatars, he does not want to talk.
But in early March, diplomats from Lithuania, France, Slovenia, Latvia and Turkey, representatives of the UN, the OSCE and even the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov urged Chubarov to avoid a military scenario of development of events. In parallel, Kiev did not take absolutely no action in order to keep the Crimea in its composition, so now the locals had the full confidence that the region has passed Russia, says Chubarov.
However, he stressed that the Crimean Tatars before the last resistance of Russia. In particular, 26 Feb 2014 around 16 thousand people gathered outside the Supreme Council of Crimea for a peaceful protest. At the same time, says Chubarov, the staff of SBU told him that in the crowd wormed two provocateur, who wanted to shoot people from a Kalashnikov. We will remind, the day the clashes Crimean Tatar activists with supporters of the future head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov 2 people died, 80 were wounded. However, the wounds were applied with knives.
However, Chubarov admitted in court that in early 2014, neither he nor any of his entourage could not imagine that Crimea will be Russian. Then they thought that Moscow is acting on a Peninsula in the framework of the “Abkhazian scenario”. To thwart these plans, Chubarov wanted to create a “hotbed of rebellion” at a military airfield in Kirovsk, but Russia managed to upset him before the Crimean Tatar activists. To start something similar in Simferopol and Dzhankoy he is not wanted, as there are military bases located near houses.
In addition, Chubarov said, as Aksyonov became head of the Crimea. According to him, February 28 unknown people in military uniform, summoned the deputies of the Crimean Parliament at the next session, took away their mobile phones and declared that the head of the region Anatoly Mogilev resigned, and now we need to elect Sergey Aksenov. Despite the fact that the hall was attended by only 49 people, the elections were successful. That evening about the change in leadership, said all the local media, and on 1 March, Aksenov asked Putin to “save Crimea”.
After the Crimea became part of Russia, the FSB has received all materials that their colleagues from the SBU collected on a member of the Majlis. Thus Chubarov says that he was a witness of how sbushniki burned the documents that weren’t supposed to be at the disposal of Russia.
According to the leader of the banned in Russia organization, the loss of the Crimea could have been avoided only 27-28 February as later in the Peninsula became too much of the Russian military. However, the leaders of the Maidan, has just seized power in the country, lacked confidence that their orders will be executed.