Contents tagged with Crimean Tartars

  • Ukrainian President proposes establishing Crimean Tatar autonomy in Crimea

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his readiness to introduce to the Verkhovna Rada a draft amendment to the Ukrainian constitution granting the Crimean Tatars autonomy. He stated at a press conference in Kyiv that he has already asked to convene the Constitutional Commission to fast-track adoption by Parliament.

    "I am ready to introduce the issue of changing the Constitution regarding Crimean Tatar autonomy. I asked to convene the Constitutional Commission, to give the compromise …

  • Ukrainian President asks diplomats to prepare new UN resolution on Crimea

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Ukrainian diplomats to prepare a new resolution on the Crimea for the next session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in order to stop any speculation about the status of the peninsula, the head of the state wrote on his Facebook page.

     “Ukraine continues the struggle for the de-occupation of the Crimea, for the rights and freedom of the Crimean Tatar people. I have asked diplomats to prepare a new resolution on the Crimea for for the next session of …

  • US State Department calls on Russia to stop campaign against Crimean Tatars

    The US State Department has called on Russia to "stop the campaign against Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea", wrote US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on her Twitter account. "Russia should end its campaign against the Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea and release all those imprisoned for opposing the occupation," the message stated.

    She also called for the release of Crimeans Rustem Vaytov, Yuri (Nuri) Primov, Ruslan Zeytullayev and Ferat Sayfullaev, who have been convicted …

  • Dzhemilev: Russia has relocated a million people to Crimea

    Russia has been settling the Crimea en masse with Russian-language citizens from different regions, stated Mustafa Dzhemilev, the President of Ukraine’s Commissioner for the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People, in an interview with Ukrinform.

    “The enforced change of the demographics in the occupied territory, according to the Geneva Convention of 1949, belongs to the category of war crimes,” he remarked.

    This is why information on the number of settlers is “carefully concealed”, Dzhemilev …

  • PACE prepares resolution about racial discrimination of Crimean Tatars by Russia

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will prepare a report and a resolution on racial discrimination by Russia of the Crimean Tatars in the annexed peninsula, as reported by Volodymyr Ariev, head of the permanent delegation of the Ukrainian parliament in PACE, on Facebook.

    “PACE has unanimously decided that the Assembly will prepare a separate report and resolution about racial discrimination of Crimean Tatars by Russia in the Crimea. The day before yesterday the PACE Monitoring …

  • Chubarov: Crimean Tatars will boycott Russian presidential elections in Crimea

    During an interview with Channel 112, Chariman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said that Crimean Tatars will boycott the presidential elections in Russia which will be held in the Crimea next Sunday.

    "The truth is that many people won’t come. The overwhelming majority of the Crimean Tatars will again boycott these elections," he said.

    Therefore, Chubarov asserted, propagandistic resources in the Crimea are already preparing to show the opposite picture.

    "From early …

  • Chubarov: Russia involved secret service to make Crimean Tatars vote at Russian presidential election

    The Russian Federation has involved its secret services in ensuring the participation of Crimean Tatars in voting during the Russian presidential election scheduled for March 18, 2018, as indicated by the Chairperson of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, during an interview with the Russian service of the Voice of America.

    According to Chubarov, the pro-Russian authorities in the Crimea are trying by all means to raise the turnout at the presidential election, including …

  • Crimean activists to start legal campaign to protect Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai

    Crimean legal experts and attorneys intend to start a legal campaign to protect the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai, attorney Emil Kurbedinov wrote on his Facebook page.

    “Our team of attorneys and legal experts intends to start a legal campaign to protect the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai from baseless assaults on the historical population of Crimean Tatars, a cultural heritage site! In general, I can say that primarily we intend to acquire official responses from the Russian Federation on the …

  • Crimean Tatar activist taken to emergency care after being detained in Crimea

    Crimean Tatar national movement activist Bekir Degermendzhi, who was detained on November 23 in Simferopol, was taken to the detention center’s intensive care unit, his lawyer Edem Semedlyaev said on Facebook.

    "Bekir Degermendzhi ended up in intensive care. According to doctors, his condition is extremely difficult. For five days, we demanded that he be transferred to the hospital to provide qualified medical care, but we were assured that they would handle it,” Semedlyaev wrote.

    "If you get …

  • Media: Turkey exchanged Crimean Tatar leaders Chiygoz and Umerov for two Russian agents

    The Turkish government has exchanged Akhtem Chiygoz, deputy head of the Crimean Tatar people’s Mejlis, and Ilmi Umerov for two Russians accused of espionage, as announced on the Turkish TV channel Haberturk with reference to court documents.

    The Russians Alexander Smirnov and Yury Anisimov were arrested in Turkey in April 2016. They were accused of planning the murder of Chechen dissidents and have been in custody until recently.

    On October 25, the Russian authorities handed Umerov and …