Refat Chubarov

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.

Refat Abdurakhmanovich Chubarov
Refat Chubarov
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
Assumed office
October 28, 2013[1]
Preceded byMustafa Dzhemilev
President of the Worldwide Congress of Crimean Tatars
Assumed office
People's Deputy of Ukraine
In office
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 63)
Samarkand, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyStrength and Honor (since 2019)[3]
Petro Poroshenko Bloc (2014-2019)


Chubarov was born on September 22, 1957 in Samarkand, Uzbek SSR in the 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).[4][5] 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).[4][5]

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).[2]

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.[6] 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".[7] In the aftermath of the referendum Russia annexed Crimea on 18 March 2014.[8]

In June 2014 Chubarov vowed to boycott the September 2014 Crimean parliamentary election.[9]

Since 15 May 2015 Chubarov was a member of the Ukrainian Parliament for Petro Poroshenko Bloc.[2] He was placed #71 on this party's election list during the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[2]

In November 2015 Russia unsuccessfully tried to place Chubarov on the Interpol search list, after a Ukrainian query not to admit this request.[10] Russia accused Chubarov of calling for secession of Crimea from Russia.[10]

The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People was labeled an "extremist organisation" and subsequently banned by Crimea's supreme court on April 26, 2016.[11]

Chubarov again took part in the July 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election, this time for the party Strength and Honor.[3] But in the election the party won 3.82%, not enough to clear the 5% election threshold and thus got no parliamentary seats.[12]



  1. "Кримські татари обрали нового голову Меджлісу" [Crimean Tatars elected new Chairman of Mejlis]. Holos Ukrayiny. October 28, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  2. (in Ukrainian)/(website has automatic Google Translate option) Short biography, LIGA
  4. "Пішов з життя батько Чубарова" [Chubarov's father have died]. Ukrinform. March 30, 2014. Archived from the original on April 3, 2014.
  5. Died father of Chubarov. Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. March 30, 2014
  6. "Biography of Refat Chubarov" (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on March 3, 2014.
  7. "Crimeans Vote to Leave Ukraine, Join Russia". AP. ABC News. March 16, 2014. p. 2. Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  8. "Putin signs treaty to add Crimea to map of Russia". The Concord Monitor. March 19, 2014. Archived from the original on March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  9. "Crimean Tatars: Mejlis To Boycott Parliamentary Elections". UNPO. June 13, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  10. MP Chubarov no longer wanted by Interpol – Avakov, Interfax Ukraine (November 11, 2015)
  11. Crimean court bans Tatar ruling body in blow to minority, (April 26, 2016)
  12. CEC counts 100 percent of vote in Ukraine's parliamentary elections, Ukrinform (26 July 2019)
Political offices
Preceded by
Mustafa Abdülcemil Qırımoğlu
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People