Signing off for now, Crimean Tatar broadcaster says ‘We survived Stalin; we’ll survive Putin’

Protest signs say: "Don't kill ATR!!!", "ATR's voice of freedom will not be strangled", #SaveATR" (Image: rfi.fr)

Protest signs say: "Don't kill ATR!!!", "ATR's voice of freedom will not be strangled", #SaveATR" (Image: rfi.fr) 

2015/04/01 • Analysis & Opinion, Crimea, Crimea one year of annexation, Russia

Because the Russian occupation authorities have refused to register it, the Crimean Tatar television channel ATR ended its broadcasts at midnight yesterday, its leaders unbowed, committed to continue, and proudly asserting that the Crimean Tatars will survive this just as they survived their deportation by Stalin in 1944.

ATR managers said that they would continue to seek registration and continue to broadcast while they do so, and Lilya Budzhurova, one of their number, pointedly said “Our people survived Stalin. Will they not survive these current problems?” Of course, they will and ultimately flourish.

The Crimean Tatars, who suffered incomparably more in the wake of their deportation, “will build their own home on their own land,” she said in signing off. “Yes, we today are ending our broadcasts, but we know that we will be returning. We will always return. And we will say again, ‘This is ATR television on the air.’”

  • 17 minutes before the channel shutdown, an online poll shows 99.2% of respondents said "Yes" to a question "Do you need ATR TV channel?" (Image: @CrimeaUA1 on Twitter.com)
    17 minutes before the channel shutdown, an online poll shows 99.2% of respondents said "Yes" to a question "Do you need ATR TV channel?" (Image: @CrimeaUA1 on Twitter.com)
  • The countdown on the TV channel's website: "Until the end of broadcast: 0 days 00:00:00" (Image: Social media)
    The countdown on the TV channel's website: "Until the end of broadcast: 0 days 00:00:00" (Image: Social media)
  • ATR employees took a group photo a few seconds before the TV channel's shut-down (Image: Facebook / Zair Akadyrov)
    ATR employees took a group photo a few seconds before the TV channel's shut-down (Image: Facebook / Zair Akadyrov)
  • Lilya Budzhurova (Image: krymr.org)
    Lilya Budzhurova (Image: krymr.org)

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Czech Friend

    Crimea has turned from home to a lawless prison for these brave people. Our thoughts are with them as they face the most violent and ugly head of Putin’s beast.

    • canuke

      Contribute something useful to the discussion, troll.

  • Olga Dora Garbar

    Todavía hay gente tan HP que cierran un canal de TV solamente por ser para los Tartaros de Crimea.- Dime Putín donde están los derechos de la gente.-

  • canuke

    You and Hristo are a bunch of sad losers. Your posts are meaningless and worthless. Hard to believe that someone in the Kremlin actually is paying you for your posts. Thankfully they are in worthless rubles, so not such a shame.