Creation of British local branch of Free Idel-Ural civic movement was declared during assembly of movement’s supporters on January 20, 2019 in London.
Rafis Kashapov, political emigrant from Tatarstan and ideologist of Free Idel-Ural, has initiated the event. Representatives of British branches of Crimean Tatars, Kazakhs, Turks, Uighurs, Kirghizs, Chechens were also invited as honorary guests.
Mr. Kashapov gave the audience a brief presentation about aims, tasks and ideology of Free Idel-Ural civic movement. “The main factor, that gathered all us there, is our struggle for independence and freedom of Mordovia, Chuvashia, Mari El, Tatarstan, Udmurtia and Bashkortostan, our aim to make them free from ambitions and oppressions of imperialistic Russian regime. Free Idel-Ural branch in Great Britain will make every effort in order to defend interests of native peoples living on Russian territory, particularly Tatars, Bashkirs, Udmurts, Mari, Chuvashs, Erzyans and Mokshans”, he said to assembly delegates and guests.
Mr. Syres’ Boliayen’, co-founder of Free Idel-Ural, currently living in Ukraine, adressed to delegates and guests via internet video chat. He thanked everyone for support of our civic movement and expressed the hope, that newly established branch would be able to perform wide educational work in British society.
Creation of Free Idel-Ural branch in Great Britain was congratulated by representatives of different public organizations and political movements.
“Native peoples are suffering today in Russia, they are being discriminated in rights to develop their mother tongues, to promote their culture; they are being oppressed to profess their traditional religion. These people can not bring their voices to free world. Many years of violent assimilation and Russification has led to nowadays critical situation that Udmurtia, Mordovia, Mari El coud completely lost their national identity”, – Melek Maksud oglu, representative of Crimean foundation Emel, said.
Attilla Abadgy oglu, representative of Turkic organizations, congratulated participants of the assembly: “Let me to express my gratitude to the man, who spoke against annexation of Crimea and got thrown in Russian jail for it. I’s like to thank him for his activity, which he continues here in Great Britain and I want to say, that I am very happy and very proud of this fact. I will support Free Idel-Ural movement until the end and ready to participate in all its actions”.
Rosa Kurban, writer from Turkey: “Questions, raised by Free Idel-Ural, are important and basic for life of many people. Meetings and conventions like this were conducted before in other countries and this labour will be continued. People who continue this fight are real heroes, they oppose to enormous criminal state. I wish them every success in achievement of their aims!”
Aslan Artsuev, lawyer, Chechen human rights defender: “All peoples, whose native lands are now occupied by Russia, must obtain freedom, no exeption. Only those, who voluntarily wish to ne in Russia, may remain. All others must go away from prison of nations! I am firmly convinced that Russia will adhere to international law only when borders of Russia will be limited by walls of Kremlin”.
Akhmed Zakaev, prime minister of exile government of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (the appeal was read out by Aslan Artsuev: “Certainly, I would said a word with pleasure, however I’m on departure now and can’t participate. Give my huge salyam to all! For our part, we are ready to collaboration and will in every way support those, who are today, under Russian rule, on the verge of mere survival. We understand your pains and aspirations, it is our common pain. We will certainly meet soon and will co-operate on all issues. Give my best regards!”
Free Idel-Ural has already started organizational work to create new branches in USA, Canada, Turkey and Poland. New international actions of the movement will be announced in the near future.