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02/09/1994

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For Tatars, Crimean Dream Turns Sour

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea -- Nobody ever thought to name the Tatar settlement just outside the Crimea's capital. To give a name to this haphazard congregation of circuitous dirt paths, unheated huts and kilometers of chicken-wire fencing would express permanence, or worse, hope, and the people who live here feel neither. Marched to a Siberian exile 50 years ago, Crimea's Tatars are returning by their tens of thousands to their native land. But hopes for statehood and the restitution of their property have long since been extinguished. Most live as paupers on nameless settlements such as this small community of 2,000 people. The Tatar discontent over poverty, high unemployment and growing Russian nationalism expressed here is mirrored in dozens of such camps throughout Crimea. It has become a wildcard in the high-stakes politics being played between Russia and Ukraine on the Black Sea peninsula. The Jan.

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