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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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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8 years for integrity if you’re Crimean Tatar

Ali Asanov, a 33-year-old father of four, is facing an 8-year sentence on legally grotesque charges in a case targeting only Crimean Tatars. It is likely that he remains in detention because of his refusal to provide false testimony against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz | detail

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Russia bans Mejlis, declares war on Crimean Tatar people while the West watches

A Crimean court has formally completed its criminalization of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people. There have been no serious threats of sanctions or other measures from European structures and western countries although this is a direct attack on the main indigenous people of Crimea | detail

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Sanctions, not words, needed over extrajudicial criminalization of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Two years after invading and annexing Ukrainian territory, Russia has effectively declared war against the Crimean Tatar people. More words of concern, without real punitive sanctions, would be frighteningly inadequate. | detail

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Stark warning of bloody provocation planned against Crimean Tatars

The warning from a well-known Russian analyst that Russia could be planning to use methods seen in the Caucasus to stage a provocation and then a bloody crackdown against Crimean Tatars is difficult to dismiss, and not only because of the virulent propaganda campaign in the Russian and other pro-Kremlin media. | detail

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Russia abandons all pretence, ’suspends’ Crimean Tatar Representative Assembly

Nobody expected real court hearings on Russia’s execution of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis [Representative Assembly], but the effective criminalizing of it without a court ruling still came as a shock. The gates of the ghetto are closing, one commentator has said, and all should be warned | detail

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New Terror Offensive Against Crimean Tatars

At least 35 Crimean Tatars were detained on Friday evening after armed men in masks burst into a café outside Simferopol. Crimean Tatars were openly targeted, with people in the cafe “of Slavonic appearance” ignored | detail

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Russia to criminalize Crimean Tatar Mejlis for refusal to collaborate

The Mejlis, or representative assembly of the Crimean Tatar people is likely to be criminalized on the basis of unwarranted warnings about supposed ‘extremism’ or criminal charges brought for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea. | detail

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Russia Declares War on Crimean Tatars

Two years after invading and annexing Crimea, Russia appears ready to outlaw the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, the representative body of the largest indigenous people of the peninsula. It is unclear whether Western countries will respond with more than words of deep concern if the Mejlis and its 2,300 representatives at various levels are criminalized. At present, the West is largely silent, although the danger is real and immediate. | detail

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2,300 directly at risk if Russia bans Crimean Tatar Representative Body

If Russia declares the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative body of the indigenous people of Crimea ‘extremist’, around 2,300 members of Crimean Tatar self-government structures could be in immediate danger. | detail

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Ukraine’s shame if vital Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR now closes

It is almost a year since Russia tried to silence the unique Crimean Tatar television channel ATR, forcing it to close in Russian-occupied Crimea. Relaunched in Kyiv, the channel is now again in danger and, gallingly, this time it is inaction from the Ukrainian government which is jeopardizing the channel’s existence | detail

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Detained for being Crimean Tatar

All young Crimean Tatar men trying to enter Crimea from mainland Ukraine at the Chonhar crossing on Feb 22 were stopped by Russian security service officers, with many taken away for questioning | detail

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The Self-Government Body of the Crimean Tatar People must not be banned

Russia’s attempt to ban the Mejlis amounts to the ethnic, cultural and political discrimination of the Crimean Tatar people. Please endorse this protest by human rights groups | detail

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Crimean Tatar Mejlis criminalized for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea

Russia has formally begun the procedure of banning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People citing as formal grounds the law on countering ‘extremism’, while claiming, in Soviet style, that this is because of requests from Crimean Tatar organizations. | detail

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A Window to Europe for Crimean Tatars

The European Parliament’s resolution on the human rights situation in Crimea was important also as the first time a major international democratic body has explicitly acknowledged Crimean Tatars as ’indigenous people of Crimea’. | detail

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Russian occupiers come for Mustafa Dzhemilev’s grandson

Men claiming to be from the Russian Migration Service have appeared at the home near Feodosiya of Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s daughter and tried to take her son Erol Abdulzhelilov away. | detail

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Court in Russian-occupied Crimea orders arrest of Mustafa Dzhemiliev

Almost two years after Russia banned world-renowned Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev from his native Crimea, a court in Simferopol has ordered his arrest, claiming that he "is hiding from the investigators" | detail

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Russia’s Attack on Crimean Tatar Leader nears Lawless Conclusion

A ‘trial’ is about to begin in Russian-occupied Crimea which flies in the face of all principles of law and which is openly targeting Crimean Tatars. | detail

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FSB use electric shock torture against Crimean Tatar

The FSB, or Russian Security Service, in Russian-occupied Crimea have tried to force a Crimean Tatar to collaborate with them using not only threats against the man’s wife and children, but also physical torture. | detail

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