Refat Chubarov

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Refat Abdurakhmanovich Chubarov
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Refat Chubarov
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
Assumed office
October 28, 2013[1]
Preceded by Mustafa Abdülcemil Qırımoğlu
President of the Worldwide Congress of Crimean Tatars
Assumed office
People's Deputy of Ukraine
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 58)
Samarkand, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Political party Petro Poroshenko Bloc

Refat Abdurakhmanovich Chubarov (Crimean Tatar: Refat Abdurahman oğlu Çubarov, Рефат Абдурахман огълу Чубаров, Ukrainian: Рефат Абдурахманович Чубаров), is a Ukrainian politician and public figure, leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement in Ukraine and worldwide.


Chubarov was born on September 22, 1957 in Samarkand, Uzbek SSR in family of Crimean Tatar Abduraman Seitasan oglu Chubarov (1931-2014) who was deported in 1944 by the Soviet authorities from his native village of Ay Serez (today Mizhrichia, Sudak Municipality).[2][3] In 1968 the Chubarov family was allowed to return, but not to the Southern Coast of Crimea so the family settled in Pryvilne (Krasnoperekopsk Raion).[2][3]

In 1983 Chubarov graduated from the Moscow State Historic-Archive Institute. After graduation and until September 1990 he worked at the Central State Archives of the October Revolution and the Socialist Construction of Latvian SSR in Riga. In 1989-91 Chubarov was a regional representative at the Riga city council (Popular Front of Latvia faction).

Since November 2013 he has served as the chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. He served as Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Crimea from 1995 to 1998 and as People's Deputy of Ukraine from 1998 to 2007. He also has served as the President of the Worldwide Congress of Crimean Tatars since 2009.[4] In 2014 he called the Crimea referendum a circus and also said that it is a tragedy, an illegitimate government with armed forces from another country.[5]

In June 2014 he vowed to boycott the Crimean parliamentary election set to September 14.[6]


Political offices
Preceded by
Mustafa Abdülcemil Qırımoğlu
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People