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    The Tatar people have already spent 456 years in slavery to Russian

    colonialism, which was as brutal as ever was known in the history of

    humankind. During this time many rulers of Russia came to power, as

    czars, emperors, first secretaries and presidents. Also, the social

    structure of this country changed: feudalism, capitalism, socialism,

    etc. Only one thing remained unchanged during all this time: a policy

    of forced conversion to Christianity, Russification, inhuman

    exploitation and physical elimination of the Tatar through permanent

    and goal-oriented genocide. At the beginning of the 18th century,

    according to a Census taken by Peter the Great, there were 5.5 million

    Russians and 5.5 million Tatars, and yet by the end of the 20th century

    there are 120 million Russians and the same 5.5 million Tatars.



    At the end of the 1990s, Tatars in their final despair rose up to

    struggle with Russian colonialism and adopted a Declaration of Tatar

    State Sovereignty. They organized a referendum with supervision of

    foreign observers, including some form the USA, during which 61.4% of

    Tatarstan\’s population approved a claim for independence from Russia.

    Moreover, Tatarstan refused to participate in the referendum on the

    modern Constitution of Russia and to sign the Federative Agreement on

    the creation of the Russian Federation, confirming by this its

    illegitimacy. There are not any legal treaties whatsoever on the

    joining of the later to the Russian Federation.



    The first president of Russia B. Yeltsin agreed to give to the

    Tatars as much liberty as they could handle. Unfortunately, this was

    the same kind of deceit as before, aimed only at pacifying Tatars and

    buying time. Whereas Russia was forced to agree to the escape of 14

    colonies from their domination, it categorically refused to recognize

    the independence of Tatarstan, and it made its rule over this colony

    more severe, by the destruction of elementary rights of its people,

    including the right to have local legislative bodies and to select the

    president of Tatarstan. Right now, the Kremlin is appointing its Vice

    Roy from Moscow. Moreover, the Kremlin has deprived Tatars of the right

    to use the Latin alphabet as their own and has forced them to use the

    Cyrillic alphabet which is entirely unsuitable for the Tatar language.

    Recently it has deprived the Tatars of the opportunity to teach their

    children in Tatar.



    Muslim Tatars are subject to severe prosecution, torture and many

    years of prison for refusal to worship in the mosques that are under

    the supervision of mullahs appointed by the Vice Roy administration,

    and for having Muslim books written in Arabic in their homes. At the

    same time the merciless robbery of the national resources of Tatarstan

    is continuing. The Kremlin is taking 85% of all the revenues from the

    sale of Tatarstan\’s oil for itself, and by this way depriving

    Tatarstan of their vital means for survival.



    All of this is happening at the same time that the Russian

    Federation cynically and hypocritically recognized the independence of

    the Georgian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. One can only ask

    what is the difference between the rights of the aforementioned

    republics and Tatarstan - a Russian colony? It is absolutely clear -

    there is no difference. The truth is that Russia practically enslaved

    the people of these republics by converting them into their citizens.

    Consequently, for Tatars there is no hope any more for the good will of

    the Russian colonizers to accomplish any kind of decolonization




    Expressing the will of the Tatar People and in order to save them

    from entire elimination the Milli Mejlis (Parliament) of the Tatar

    People is:



    1. Declaring support for the Declaration of State Sovereignty of

    August 30, 1990 and confirming the illegitimacy of including the

    Republic of Tatarstan into the Russian Federation without its consent.

    2.  Asking all governments and the United Nations to recognize the Independence of Tatarstan.

    3.  Creating the Government of Tatarstan in Exile for the protection of the interests of the Tatar People.

    4. Calling all Tatars around the world to organize a permanent mass

    campaign in support of the Independence of Tatarstan before their

    governments and societies.



    Adopted at a Special Meeting of the Milli Mejlis of the Tatar People on December 20, 2008.


    Vil Mirzayanov

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