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The speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Khakassia Vladimir Shtygashev justified the deportation of the Kalmyks to Siberia during the great Patriotic war and came under a barrage of criticism. As a result, he had to apologize, reports TASS.
Wednesday, January 29, Shtygashev, speaking at a session of the Republic Parliament, said that the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin decided to deport the Kalmyks to Siberia in an effort to protect them from Soviet soldiers and Cossacks. According to him, the don Cossacks of Rostov and the men returning from the front began to retaliate against the Kalmyks, who in the years of war cooperated with Nazi Germany. Shtygashev stressed that the collaborators “was in every Kalmyk family” and only in the Rostov region cut 160 thousand people.
After that, the head of Kalmykia Batu Hasikov has called unacceptable the attempts to justify the deportation of the Kalmyks during the Stalinist repressions and recalled that about 4 thousand representatives of the Kalmyk people were awarded orders and medals for combat service during the great Patriotic war.
Statements Shtygashev caused outrage among residents of Kalmykia. As reported Kalmykiya news in his Instagram account, some of them took part in the pickets, urging to send the speaker of the Khakass Parliament.
A similar initiative was made by the deputies of the Supreme Council of Khakassia from the liberal democratic party, “Kommersant-Siberia”. As told the head of the publication regotdeleniya party Mikhail Molchanov, MPs have already started collecting signatures for holding an extraordinary session, where this issue will be discussed.
After that, Shtygashev was forced to apologize for his words. He said that he regrets if his statements have hurt someone’s feelings, but stressed that his words circulated in the media, was taken out of context and misinterpreted, reports TASS.
During the great Patriotic war of the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet socialist Republic was occupied by German-Romanian forces. In Elista there was formed a special unit to combat the Soviet partisans and reconnaissance and sabotage groups, and later the Kalmyk cavalry corps that participated in the war on Germany’s side. In 1943 the Republic was liberated by the Soviet army, then the Soviet authorities decided to deport the Kalmyks of collaboration with the Nazis. All expulsions have been more than 100 thousand people, mostly settled in the Omsk and Novosibirsk regions, Krasnoyarsk and Altai territories, as well as in the Urals and the Central Asian republics. While the Kalmyk ASSR and in 1944 was abolished. To return to the homeland of the Kalmyks were allowed out of rehab in March 1956.
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