Bachysaray is a small town, located 30 km from Simferopol. In Bachysaray 30% of the population are Tartars, native Crimean muslims that during the second world war were deported by Stalin’s Regime to various regions of the Soviet Union ( Uzbekistan , Siberia, Abkhazia, Kazakistan). Only in the nineties, after fall of the Soviet Union, they were allowed to return to their land, where they started to rebuilt their homes and celebrate their traditions and religious beliefs
During these days of crisis, and after the referendum which ratifies the annexation of Crimea to Russia , the level of concern for this minority rises. Tatars live with the fear that they might suffer once again the same injustices, grievances and provocations from the pro-Russian civil-militia, that in the meantime, backed by the Russian army, have occupied the Ukraine military base in the centre of the town.
At the time being, the Tartars carry on with their daily life, patrolling the streets of their village night and day, and in the meantime the Russian troops took control of the military base overlooking the city in order to keep track of the whole area.