The leader of Crimea’s Tatars, Mustafa A. Kirimoglu, was honored at an event held in Istanbul to mark his 76th birthday and his struggle for the freedom of Crimea.

The event — titled Honor Night for Kirimoglu — gathered people especially from the Crimean diaspora living in Istanbul.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency ahead of the event, Kirimoglu said he was honored by the program organized on his name.

“My real aim and hope is that I want to see the Crimea free again.

“Whenever we expel the Russians from there then I will feel I have paid my life debt,” he said.

Kirimoglu is

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