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27.06.2016

“When We Return”: Poignant Affirmation on Crimean Tatar Flag Day

The largest Crimean Tatar Flag in the world was unfurled in Kyiv on June 26, marking the 25th anniversary of a profoundly poignant anniversary for Crimean Tatars. | detail

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24.06.2016

Russian propaganda claims soldiers who invaded Crimea were “peacekeeping mission”

A monument to the victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars is to appear in Crimea, sculpted by the same artist responsible for the monument to the Russian soldiers used by Moscow to invade and annex Crimea and now referred to as ’peacekeepers’. | detail

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14.06.2016

‘Terrorist’ charges to silence Crimean Tatar Human Rights Activist

Russia’s calculation in crushing dissent in Crimea has proven disturbingly accurate. Ignore protest, hiding even world-renowned filmmaker Oleg Sentsov far from the media and create a virtually total blockade on information in Crimea. You can then continue abductions, disappearances and virtually indefinte imprisonment on surreal chances with little protest at all from the West. | detail

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08.06.2016

Crimean Court refuses to find Crimean Tatar remembrance unlawful

The first good news from any court since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea caught everybody unawares. On June 7, the Sudak City Court found nothing illegal about the actions of four Crimean Tatars detained on May 18 over a peaceful act of remembrance | detail

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04.06.2016

Russia Steps Up Terror with Abduction of Crimean Tatar Activist Ervin Ibragimov

It is 10 days since Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov was abducted from near his home in Bakhchysarai and there are very grave fears for his safety. This is not the first forced disappearance since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. It will also not be the last while there remains so little international reaction | detail

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01.06.2016

Crimean Tatar journalist accused of ’extremism’ & incitement for call to help children

Lilia Budzhurova has received a formal warning of “the inadmissibility of extremist activities” 6 days after writing a moving appeal to show solidarity and support for children whose fathers are in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea on fabricated charges | detail

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31.05.2016

Crimea is not a closed subject, Putin. It’s an open wound.

Disappearances, arrests, politically motivated trials and terrorization of Crimean Tatars and all dissident voices are taking place in Ukraine’s sovereign territory which Russia invaded and annexed. Business as usual makes our commitment to democratic values as empty as the threats Putin heard and ignored back in February 2014 | detail

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31.05.2016

Russia’s Conveyor Belt of Repression in Occupied Crimea

There is no evidence of any terrorist activities in Crimea, yet Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and 3 other opponents of annexation are serving huge sentences for supposed terrorism, and the number of such convictions is likely to increase with the trial this week of four Crimean Muslims and an ever-increasing number of new arrests | detail

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30.05.2016

Russia to answer at Strasbourg for ban on Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev

Russia’s ban on veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev entering his native Crimea, now under Russian occupation, has, as expected, been upheld. Change a word here and there and the justification under the current Russian regime for persecuting Dzhemiliev become almost identical to that used by the Soviet Union for holding him in political labour camps for 15 years. | detail

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26.05.2016

Crimean Tatar World Congress Member Abducted in Occupied Crimea

Ervin Ibragimov, a Crimean delegate to the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, has disappeared and was almost certainly abducted late on May 25 near his home in Bakhchysarai. This is the latest of many abductions and disappearance since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, and is made especially chilling by the FSB’s refusal to allow his family to report Ervin’s disappearance. | detail

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24.05.2016

Chief Rabbi of Ukraine: The world must not ignore the suffering of the Crimean Tatars the way it once ignored ours

Our cry must be heard, so that the horror of the past is not repeated here and now. Our voice must ring out because the world is now silent about the fate of the Crimean Tatars. This was the message on May 18 from Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine | detail

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23.05.2016

Russia’s brutal revenge on Crimean Tatar political prisoner for refusal to collaborate

PLEASE SEND, SHARE & TWEET BIRTHDAY GREETINGS to Crimean Tatar political prisoner Mustafa #Degermendzhy who is turning 27 on May 22. It is his second birthday in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea facing absurd charges linked with a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction. . | detail

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19.05.2016

Crimean Muslims face 15-year Sentences for Invented ’Terrorism’

The trial has begun of four Crimean Muslims accused by Russia of involvement in an organization – Hizb ut-Tahrir - which is legal in Ukraine but which Russia and Uzbekistan have declared ‘terrorist’ without providing any reason. The ‘court’ on Wednesday also saw no need for the defence to be shown any proof. | detail

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19.05.2016

Crimean Tatars Ignore Ban on Remembrance under Russian FSB Surveillance

How is it possible to prohibit a people from honouring the victims of an act of genocide? With threats, detentions and even warnings to schools that the number of children absent will be noted, and their parents asked for explanations. The ban did not stop hundreds of Crimean Tatars gathering in Bakhchysarai, with the FSB out in full force and openly videoing all those present. | detail

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18.05.2016

Russia Bans Remembrance Events on Anniversary of Crimean Tatar Deportation

Crimean Tatar self-governing bodies are being prevented from holding any remembrance gatherings to mark the 72nd anniversary of the 1944 Deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar people from their homeland. The escalation in repression over the last week or so has also raised fears that Russia may try to provoke trouble in order to orchestrate a bloody crackdown. | detail

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16.05.2016

Russia has Repression of Crimean Tatars Now to Hide – If the West Lets Them

Russian pro-Kremlin channels’ efforts to undermine Jamala’s song 1944 and her victory were probably to be expected. Russia has a lot to conceal, and not first and foremost about the Deportation, but about its repression and terror against the Crimean Tatar people now | detail

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14.05.2016

A Voice in Europe for the Crimean Tatars as Unrelenting Terror Continues

It is not surprising that Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians are so eager for the world to hear and support Jamala. The Crimean Tatar jazz singer and winner of Eurovision 2016 as become a voice not only for the victims of the 1944 Deportation, but also for Crimean Tatars under Russian occupation who are once again facing persecution in their native land. | detail

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14.05.2016

How the BBC tried to stop me from writing about Russia’s campaign against the Crimean Tatars

Tonight’s Eurovision is not just a light-hearted singing contest. It is one of the only chances the Crimean Tatars have to tell the world about Russia’s continuing efforts to wipe out all traces of them | detail

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13.05.2016

Crimean Tatar Mejlis Leader Arrested on ‘Extremism’ Charges

The charges against Ilmi Umerov, the Deputy Head of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly clearly identify what Russia understands as ‘extremism’, namely opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea. Umerov is accused of “openly calling for the return of Crimea to Ukraine”. | detail

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13.05.2016

Stalinist Echoes in New Armed Arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

Four more Crimean Tatars have been arrested and could face long terms of imprisonment on trumped-up ‘terrorism’ charges following the latest offensive in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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