Russia in no hurry to answer for its Soviet-type bans on Dzhemilev and Yuksel
Two court hearings over appeals lodged against bans imposed since Russia’s annexation of Crimea on people linked with the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative assembly, have been postponed.
Crimean Tatar rights activist ‘deported’ from his native Crimea
The Crimean authorities under Russian rule have ‘deported’ Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist with Ukrainian citizenship, Crimean registration, but with views and a concern over human rights violations that the occupation regime clearly finds inconvenient. The message this sends any Crimean is chilling.
Another Crimean Tatar arrested and beaten over May 3 Dzhemilev protest
Edem Osmanov whose father earned fame and gratitude last December when he cooked pilaf for freezing EuroMaidan protesters has become the fifth Crimean Tatar to be facing dubious charges over the peaceful protest on May 3 when veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev was prevented from entering his homeland.
Renewed harassment of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Qurultay
Emine Avamileva, a well-known public figure, lawyer and member of the Mejlis or Crimean Tatar representative assembly is the latest Mejlis representative to face harassment in the major offensive waged by the Russian occupation regime.
Crimean Déjà Vu: Titushki & Police against Crimean Rights Conference
Overt attempts by paid thugs to cause a fight and give a pretext for stopping the conference were thwarted, and its participants able to adopt an appeal to the UN on grave violations of their rights under Russian occupation
Outrage over homosexuality censorship; none over Peter Greenaway’s trip to the Crimea?
Reaction was immediate over Russian attempts to restrict a British film director’s mention of Sergei Eisenstein’s homosexuality. Western media seem unaware or worryingly unperturbed that the same Peter Greenaway has been trumpeted by the Russian media as planning to visit Russian-annexed Crimea, thus ignoring sanctions & serious rights issues, including with respect to Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov
Another armed search of Crimean Tatar home and mosque following ‘denunciation’
On Dec 18 a Crimean Tatar home and the mosque in the village of Turgenevka [Bakhchysarai region] were subjected to an armed search after an employee of the home owner Mustafa Yagyaev denounced’ him following disagreement about Russia’s annexation of the Crimea
Repressive measures against key Crimean Tatar charity
In apparent retaliation for the appeal lodged by the Crimea Foundation, a charity closely linked with the Mejlis, or representative body of the Crimean Tatar people, against a massive fine, the FSB have initiated a criminal investigation against the Foundation’s Director, Riza Shevkiev.
80-year-old Crimean Tatar summoned for ‘questioning’ by Russian FSB
Veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement Vedzhie Kashka turned 80 recently and should have been admitted to hospital on Dec 10 over a heart condition. She couldn’t because she had been summonsed for questioning by the FSB [Russian Security Service].
Crimean Tatar activist released, but still facing dodgy ’May 3’ charges
In the first positive move of an increasingly worrying criminal prosecution, Crimean Tatar activist Tair Smerdlyaev has been released from custody pending trial.
Moscow’s blitzkrieg response over religious persecution in Crimea
Faced with the damning evidence of wide-scale religious persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea, Moscow, via Kremlin-loyal media, has attempted yet again to turn the truth upside down. The weight of facts is against them and they really should not bother.
Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘annexing’ Crimea
Russia’s parliamentary speaker, Sergei Naryshkin has asserted that it was Ukraine that annexed the Crimea, not Russia. Moscow, one senses, has understood that there’s no getting away from the word ‘annexation’ and is trying to hijack it.
Crimean Tatar journalist detained after remembrance gathering in Simferopol (updated)
Media reports say that Osman Pashaev, founder of the Crimean Internet channel CrimeanOpenCh, and other journalists detained after the remembrance meeting in Simferopol have been released,
Putin’s Referendum Win
While western leaders make noises similar to those over the Crimean referendum two months ago, Russian media are presenting the May 11 pseudo-referendum as fair and legitimate, the Kyiv government as murderous and the west as collaborating with fascists.
Affront or Offensive? Russian OMON block Mustafa Dzhemilev
As feared, Russian OMON spetsnaz forces, together with the so-called Crimean “police”, are preventing Mustafa Dzhemilev from entering the Crimea. Thousands of Crimean Tatars came this morning to greet the veteran leader of the Crimean Tatars and formed a live corridor around him.
Mejlis gets official warning over Ukrainian flag
The Crimea’s puppet prosecutor has warned a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar against breaching the Russian law on “extremism” and claimed that hanging the Ukrainian flag (where it has always been) constituted “propaganda of exclusiveness”
Dzhemilev: Russian FSB snooping even in Crimean mosques
Mustafa Dzhemilev, MP and former head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People has spoken of repressive measures against the Crimean Tatars since Russia’s invasion of his homeland.
Russian Annexation – Crimean Tatar Tragedy. Mustafa Dzhemilev banned by Russian occupiers
In the latest move demonstrating how well-founded Crimean Tatar concerns were about Russian rule, Mustafa Dzhemilev has been informed of a ban on his entering the Crimea for 5 years
Mustafa Dzhemilev : Crimean Tatars full of foreboding about the future
Mustafa Dzhemilev , MP, former political prisoner and champion of Crimean Tatar rights, and Refat Chubarov, head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people were detained for an hour on the border of the Kherson region and the Crimea on Saturday before the six armed men finally "let them" enter