Crimean Tatars have on multiple occasions been faced with a choice between their own benefit and supporting the infrastructure of care for subjects suffering from Russia's colonial violence. The Russian and Soviet governments have made multiple attempts to buy the loyalty of Crimean Tatars and draw them to their side in the fight for colonial power. In the Soviet Union, the project for establishing the Mubarek Republic was one such attempt. Instead of a permission to return to Crimea, which according to the government was entirely occupied by holiday centres and spas providing medical services, it was proposed to enact an indigenisation of Crimean Tatars in Uzbekistan, granting them lands. Such a decision not only would have gone against the demands of Crimean Tatars to return to Crimea, but it would also jeopardise the relations with local inhabitants, which were established with great difficulty after deportation. In response to the Mubarek proposal, Crimean Tatars replied with protests. The next choice was put before them upon return to Crimea – the KGB attempted to enlist them, offering help with repatriation in return for a pro-Russian stance. They refused, taking a pro-Ukrainian stance. They did not abandon this stance after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, when the Russian government had literally attempted to buy the Crimean Tatar people.

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Infrastructures of care