May 18 is the Day of the National Catastrophe of the Crimean Tatar People
On May 18, 1944, at dawn dusk, the communist authorities of the USSR committed another barbaric crime against humanity. That morning, total genocide against the indigenous population of Crimea began.
Bitter 75th Anniversary of the Crimean Tatar Deportation as Russian persecution mounts in occupied Crimea
This is no formal remembrance of a tragedy somewhere back in the distant past. 75 years after Stalin’s monstrous act of genocide, many Crimean Tatars are once again in forced exile, others imprisoned in occupied Crimea or Russia for their civic activism or simply for their faith
Monument to Crimean Tatar WWII heroes which debunked Russia’s lies destroyed in occupied Crimea
‘Vandals’ in Russian-occupied Crimea have totally destroyed a monument to Crimean Tatars killed in battle during World War II
May 18, 2018 – the 74th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people
No honest man can be reconciled with what is happening in the territories occupied by Russia. Whatever ethnicity we are and to what religion we belong to, but today we are Crimean Tatars by blood, which flows from the veins.
Crimean Tatars Detained for Honouring the Victims of the Deportation
Repressive measures under Russian occupation on the anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar people began early this year with the detention on the evening of 17 May of around 20 young people taking part in the traditional youth action ‘Light a flame in your heart’
Crimean Tatar imprisoned pending ‘deportation’ for tackling Putin over Crimea
The cynical torment of 57-year-old Nedim Khalilov is almost certainly retaliation for his attempt to bring legal proceedings against Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea.
Russia deploys armed police but fails to stop vital Crimean Tatar resolution warning of persecution & discrimination
The typically heavy-handed measures on August 20 still failed to prevent a hard-hitting resolution warning of grave infringements of Crimean Tatar rights
Crimean Tatar activists reject Russia sponsored attempt to foist a fake ‘Day of Joy’
Crimean Tatars have categorically rejected a proposal to establish a new ‘cheerful’ festival, ‘Avdet Kunyu’ or Day of the Return to Crimea and see it as an idea coming from "those who are depriving us of our Liberty, our Homeland and national identity"
United by persecution, Crimean Tatars celebrate National Flag Day
Russia has miscalculated with its persecution of Crimean Tatars for their national flag, their faith and / or their opposition to Russian occupation of their homeland
Ukraine’s Law on the Status of the Crimean Tatar People should seriously worry Russia
A bill now before Ukraine’s parliament can, according to Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov, finally end any dispute as to whom Crimea rightly belongs to.
Russia detains Crimean Tatars for honouring the victims of the Deportation
Russian police and FSB marked the 73rd anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People with detentions and harassment of people, many elderly, gathered in prayer
“What was done to you in 1944 has a name. It was genocide”
The words above were spoken by a great Ukrainian Petro Grigorenko when he addressed Crimean Tatars exiled in Moscow in 1968, almost 25 years after the Deportation. Nearly 50 years later, Crimean Tatars are once again exiled or persecuted, and Grigorenko’s advice on demanding their rights and accepting no less, just as poignantly relevant.
Strasbourg to rule if Russia can ban Crimean Tatar Mejlis for opposing its occupation of Crimea
Ukraine is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over its ban of the internationally recognized Mejlis or Crimean Tatar self-governing body. The ban has rightly been condemned as “a hostile act against the entire Crimean Tatar people” and as a new low for Russia
‘Deported’ Crimean Tatar activist on hunger strike too weak to stand
Nedim Khalilov began his hunger strike on Nov 24, in protest at being forcibly ’deported’ from his homeland 9 months after the Crimean Tatar lodged a law suit against Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading and occupying Crimea.
Strasbourg to rule on Russia’s 2nd deportation of Crimea Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev
Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld the 5-year ban imposed shortly after Russia invaded Crimea preventing Mustafa Dzhemiliev from entering his homeland
Crimean Tatar who sued Putin over annexation ‘deported’ from Russian-occupied Crimea
Nedim Khalilov, a Crimean Tatar activist who in February 2016 filed a civil suit asking for the actions of the occupation regime and Russian President Vladimir Putin to be declared illegal, has been ‘deported’ from his homeland and is being forcibly sent to Uzbekistan
Prosecuted under Russian occupation for honouring Victims of Crimean Tatar Deportation
Four young Crimean Tatars from Sudak have each been fined 20 thousand roubles in Russian-occupied Crimea over a peaceful act of remembrance for the victims of the 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People
Another Crimean Tatar faces prosecution for calling Crimea Ukraine
Suleyman Kadyrov, a member of the Feodosia mejlis (regional self-governing body) could be the next to face surreal ‘separatism’ charges, following an armed search linked to a Facebook post from March 2016 in which Kadyrov calls Crimea part of Ukraine. .
Russia upholds Mejlis ban in a move to all-out war against Crimean Tatars
Only a miracle remained, and it didn’t happen. Russia has formally banned the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, the main indigenous people of Crimea which Russia invaded and annexed two and a half years ago. An escalation in repression seems inevitable, with a number of Mejlis leaders in immediate danger.
Russia can’t wait a day with new repression against Umerov & other Crimean Tatars
Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and recent victim of punitive psychiatry has again been brought before a court in Russian-occupied Crimea, effectively confirming in advance fears that repressive measures will escalate once the Supreme Court rubberstamps Russia’s ban on the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar self-governing body