What worries the Tatars of Switzerland?
- 03. 2018
Today Deputy Prime Minister of RT, Chairman of the National Council of the World Tatar Congress Vasil Shaikhraziev, during a working visit to Switzerland, held a meeting with representatives of the Tatar community. The event was attended by the Tatars, who in different years had moved to Switzerland and now are working in different industries.
In December 2015, nine activists from Tatarstan and Bashkortostan organized the non-profit association of Tatars and Bashkirs of Switzerland “Yuldash”. The head of the Association became Shchegoleva Regina Nikolaevna. Within the framework of the meeting, she spoke about the activities of their organization and implemented projects.
In particular, she focused on Sabantui held by the Association in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 more than 300 participants gathered at Sabantui in Switzerland, and in 2017 there were 400.
As Regina Scheglova noted, in 2016 the holiday was held without any support from the budget. In 2017, the first sponsor appeared. The official trade and industrial representative of Tatarstan in Switzerland Guzel Salikhova joined the Association and supported the project. Also, the Tourist Information Center of the city of Kazan, the Tourism Development Center of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan and Executive Committee of the World Congress of Tatars also rendered great assistance.
In addition, Vasil Shaykhraziev discussed with the Tatar community of Switzerland their meeting with the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, which will be held tomorrow. I talked and discussed with them the problems that concern them. Holding Sabantuy and organizing the Tatar wrestling “Koresh”, organizing Tatar language courses in Switzerland and exchanging experience between Kazan and Geneva students are the main issues that the Tatars of Switzerland will touch upon at the meeting with the President of Tatarstan.
Currently, about 150 Tatars live in Geneva (Switzerland). Almost all of them are representatives of a new wave of emigration.