[Marxism] Ayder Muzhdabaev: To the Fourteen Percent

Thomas Campbell avvakum at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 09:15:39 MDT 2015


To the Fourteen Percent
Ayder Muzhdabaev
April 4, 2015

Governments, international organization,and concerned citizens in different
countries have been protesting against the increasing discrimination
against the Crimean Tatars. They have demanded an end to the crackdown.
Only in one country have no such protests been heard.

Guess what country?

For more than a year, its citizens have pretended not to notice that their
government has been behaving towards the Crimean Tatars on the lines of the
Third Reich, having cast this people in the role of collective outcast.
Moreover, it is not only officials and supporters of the regime who have
behaved this way, but its opponents as well.

“Opposition,” “intelligentsia”: it is no longer possible to write these
words in Russian without quotation marks. In this entire country of 140
million people you will hardly find ten people who have spoken out publicly
in defense of the Crimean Tatars. Almost all my Moscow “friends” have been
silent as well. When I appealed specifically to them here on Facebook,
telling them in detail about the plight of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea, I
got zero likes and zero reposts from those whom I had imagined as my

It is worth pondering this situation and evaluating it on its merits.

In their country, an entire people have been made second-class citizens.
People have beendeprived of the chance to listen to the radio and watch TV
in their own language, and children cannot even watch cartoons in this
language! People are intimidated. Some of them have disappeared without a
trace, others are in prison. The rest simply sit at home crying from fear,
a sense of injustice, and despair. No one can be punished (at least not
yet) for expressing sympathy with the Crimean Tatars. So why has the cat
got your tongue, citizens?

It is just that no one really cares at all.

I think that even if the Crimean Tatars are shipped from Crimea in cattle
wagons, as they were in 1944, I will read two or three posts about it in
Russian on Facebook, amidst an account of sluts at a bar and snapshots of
beloved doggies.

It is because of this, and not for some other reason, that I do not believe
this country can essentially change for the better.

The damned eighty-six percent are to blame for everything? Is that right?

Look who is talking, fourteen percent.

Ayder Muzhdabaev is deputy chief editor of Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

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