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Timur (aka Timur Lang or Timur Lenk or Tamerlane because of a lame
leg) was a Tartar conqueror of a vast empire from southern Russia to
Mongolia and southward to India, Persia, and Mesopotamia. After his
death the empire fell apart. Prince Timur is a national hero of
(V.D.-H.K.p.169)(WUD, 1994, p.1451)(WSJ, 7/3/97,
1552 Aug, Ivan IV of Russia
began his conquest of Kazan, Tatarstan, and Astrakhan in the Volga
delta. Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, fell to Ivan in September.
1944 May 18, The Soviet Union
began the expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea. They
were accused of collaborating with the Germans. Stalin deported some
250,000 Tatars from Crimea to Uzbekistan. They did not being to
return home until the fall of the USSR.
(SC, 5/18/02)(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A8,9)
1989 Mintimer Shaimiyev became
First Secretary of Tatar Regional CPSU Committee in Kazan,
1991 Jun 12, Mintimer Shaimiev
(b.1937) became president of the Muslim republic of Tatarstan,
located within Russia. He continued as president until the
expiration of his 4th term in 2010.
1994 Mintimer Shaimiyev
(Shaimiev), the leader of this Muslim republic, negotiated an
autonomy accord with Moscow. He runs his domain like a small country
with his own prime minister and foreign trade representatives in
Washington and Paris.
(WSJ, 4/12/96, p.A-1) (WSJ, 6/4/96, p.A8)
1996 Apr, Mintimer Shaimiyev,
the leader of this Muslim republic, was appointed by Moscow to
arrange peace talks with Chechen leader Dudayev.
(WSJ, 4/12/96, p.A-1)
1996 Jul, In Tatarstan a new
law was enacted that will charge $800 for insulting the president.
Subsequent offenses could cost $1400. A printed insult could cost
(SFC, 7/5/96, p.A16)
2012 Jul, In Russiaís Republic
of Tatarstan assassins shot dead Islamic leader Valiulla
Yakupov and nearly killed the chief mufti, Ildus Faizov, with a car
bomb. Over half of the republicís people are Sunni Muslims.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.55)
2014 May 7, Poland awarded a
prize for championing democracy and human rights to Mustafa
Dzhemilev, a leader of the Tatar community in Ukraine's Crimea
peninsula who says he was barred from the region after Russia
2014 May 20, The UN refugee
agency said at least 10,000 people have been driven from their homes
since the start of the Ukraine crisis, with Crimean Tatars the