Crimean Tatars' Mustafa Dzhemilev (72) tells Ny Tid that it was never in his thoughts to become a political leader. Not a single day was this plan. But as a political activist for a number of years, he was asked, and has today represented a quarter of a million Crimean Tatars in a quarter of a century.
Immediately after his birth in Crimea, the Tatar family was exiled when the Soviet Union occupied Crimea in 1944. Dzhemilev grew up in exile in Uzbekistan, and has been very politically active since the age of 18. Over the next 25 years, he was arrested six times for anti-Soviet activities, and spent a total of 15 years in prison, including one. . .