I’m quoted several times in this comprehensive analysis on what the Crimean Tatars are facing under the ongoing Russian occupation of Crimea.
Here’s an excerpt:
Part of the problem is that the Tatars are a small ethnic minority in Crimea, accounting for only 13 percent of the population. Ignorance often veils awareness of their plight, particularly in the international sphere.
“I do sometimes get questions about how [the Tatars] fit in overall in Islamic fundamentalism,” said Paschyn, who hopes her film challenges this stereotype. “Islam really can coexist with democracy and Western liberal values because that’s what the Tatars exactly are.”
Read the full piece on the Russia Direct website.