Open Lawlessness as Terror against Crimean Tatars

All of Russia’s Crimean victims have had to confront varying forms of lawlessness, but none demonstrates contempt for the law quite so flagrantly as the criminal proceedings against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and other Crimean Tatars. | detail

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Imprisoned Crimean Tatar Leader: This is Terror against my People

Since the case underway in Russian-occupied Crimea is in breach of Russian law, the prosecution has opted for an easier option: detention without trial. Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz was first arrested on Jan 29, 2015, and a court in Simferopol has just extended his detention until Jan 29, 2016. The same court extended the detention of two other Crimean Tatars – Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy – for three months | detail

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Ukraine recognizes Crimean Tatar Deportation as Genocide

In what veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev calls « the first step towards restoring justice », Ukraine’s parliament has declared the 1944 Deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar People from Crimea to have been genocide. | detail

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Jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for refusing to give false testimony

There are strong grounds for believing that both Mustafa Degermendzhy and Ali Asanov remain in detention on legally grotesque charges because they have refused to give false testimony against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz. | detail

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8 years for a demonstration if you’re Crimean Tatar

Three Ukrainian citizens are in detention in Russian-occupied Crimea in a legally absurd prosecution which is openly targeting only Crimean Tatars. The prosecution over participation in a pre-annexation demonstration has resulted in constant searches, interrogations, and detentions - always of Crimean Tatars. | detail

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Russia: "Do Not Terrorize My People, My Family with Machine Guns!"

So if the Crimean Blockade is ineffectual, why the armed searches against yet another of its organizers? Why did FSB men in masks, brandishing machine guns, turn up at the home of Lilya Budzhurova, former director of the silenced Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, terrifying her 83-year-old mother and 8-year-old granddaughter? | detail

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Mustafa Cemilev Denies Russian Allegations of Crimean Tatars Recruiting Fighters for the Islamic State

To discredit Cemilev’s reputation and the Crimean Tatar leadership’s nonviolent conflict resolution strategies, pro-Russian media invents these types of rumors to construct a space for a directed disinformation campaign | detail

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Russia seeks to ban Crimean Tatar Representative Assembly as ‘extremist’

Russia’s Civic Chamber has publicly asked the Prosecutor General to investigate the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly for so-called ‘extremism’. This new move follows a similar threat made a month ago and ‘advice’ to the Crimean media not to mention it at all | detail

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Crimean Tatar Memorial to Victims of the Deportation desecrated

A memorial plaque in memory of the Victims of the 1944 Deportation in the settlement of Koreiz has been vandalized. | detail

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Cynical attempt to sow distrust in Russia’s illegal prosecution of Crimean Tatars

The first sentence has been passed in a criminal prosecution over a pre-annexation demonstration that Russian-occupied Crimea had no right to initiate and which is overtly directed against Crimean Tatars. In a particularly nasty twist, the court claimed that Eskender Nebiyev had not only admitted ‘guilt’, but had also testified against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz. The claims have been rejected as "cynical provocation". | detail

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Crimean Tatar cameraman arrested in chilling new display of lawlessness

Eskender Nebiyev, a cameraman for the independent Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, has been taken into custody again on absurd charges relating to a pre-annexation demonstration in Crimea on Feb 26, 2014. The occupation regime is holding Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and two other Crimean Tatars in custody over a protest they have no jurisdiction over | detail

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Russia accuses Crimean Tatar leaders of recruiting for Islamic State

The de facto authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea have publicly claimed via Russia’s official RIA Novosti that Mustafa Dzhemilev and other leaders are recruiting Crimean Tatars to become Islamic State fighters. The allegations are especially ominous given Russia’s current military involvement in Syria which Moscow asserts, in the face of considerable evidence, is directed against the Islamic State. | detail

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Crimean Tatar leaders all face imprisonment under Russian occupation

One Crimean Tatar leader is currently imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea, but his fate could be shared by all others, as well as any Ukrainian national opposing Russia’s annexation, according to the argument put by Natalya Poklonskaya, the occupation regime’s de facto prosecutor. | detail

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Russia Threatens to Ban Crimean Tatar Mejlis as extremist while claiming ‘it doesn’t exist’

The Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly could face a ban, making it illegal in the Russian Federation and Russian-occupied Crimea. The threat comes just days after the media in Crimea was informed that the Mejlis does not legally exist and “strongly advised” not to give it any coverage. And after an attempt to have a prominent Crimean Tatar figure taken into custody on spurious charges. | detail

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Media prohibited from mentioning Crimean Tatar Mejlis as Blockade sets in

Three days into the Crimean Blockade initiated by leaders of the Mejlis or Crimean Tatar representative assembly, Crimean media have been ‘strongly advised’ not to mention the Mejlis at all, and Russian propaganda is trying to avoid mentioning Crimean Tatars taking part in the Blockade. | detail

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Russian FSB continues terrorizing Crimean Tatars

The FSB have carried out three searches of private homes with the aim seemingly of intimidating the friends and neighbours of Ali Asanov, one of the Crimean Tatars in custody on legally absurd charges together with Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz | detail

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Russia breaches own law to imprison Crimean Tatar leader

It would be hard to find a more telling example of the injustice and lawlessness suffered by Crimean Tatars since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea than the so-called ‘Feb 26, 2014 case’ under which Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz, father of four Ali Asanov and 26-year-old Mustafa Degermendzhy have been in detention for many months. | detail

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More Crimean Tatar disappearances or deadly skirmish in Russian-occupied Crimea? (updated)

Two of the three Crimean Tatar men who disappeared over the last week were found dead after the initial report here of their disappearance. | detail

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“We are faced with a threat to the very existence of the Crimean Tatar People»

Refat Chubarov, Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative assembly, has addressed an appeal to German Chancellor Angela Merkel; French President Francois Hollande and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko who are meeting in Berlin on Aug 24. | detail

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7 months in Kremlin-backed militant captivity: "You expect to die every day"

Crimean Tatar volunteer Gaide Rizayeva spoke in a Radio Svoboda interview of the terrible uncertainty and lawlessness of the long months held hostage by militants, and of her belief that Crimea will again be Ukrainian. If nothing else works, she and other Crimean Tatars will be willing to take up arms to liberate their homeland, she says. | detail

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