Contents tagged with Crimean Tatars

  • Ukraine expressed protest over arrests of Crimean Tatars in Crimea

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed its strong protest after new detentions of the Crimean Tatars in the city of Bakhchysarai in the Crimea.

    "Six people were illegally detained as a result of searches. In addition, at least 9 activists were detained only for coming to support their compatriots and for standing close to the places where the searches were conducted. The occupants’ encroachment on those who oppose the occupation regime, like the Crimean Tatar activists and …

  • Ukrainian President promised to submit to the Parliament a draft law on Crimean Tatar autonomy

    On August 8th, President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with the leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, according to the website of the Mejlis.

    “When discussing a number of issues regarding amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine announced that he expects the Constitutional Commission to draft amendments and supplements to Section X of the Constitution of Ukraine on Autonomous Republic …

  • Dzhemilev says that Russia has placed six nuclear warheads in Crimea

    The Kremlin has turned the annexed Crimea into a military base. Therefore, retaking the peninsula by military force is now extremely dangerous. This was said in an interview with UA.TV by the national leader of the Crimean Tatar People, People's Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev.

    "The Crimea has now been turned into a kind of a military base. We even have information that six nuclear warheads are there now. Therefore, it is very dangerous to begin military operations there," Dzhemilev said. …

  • Chubarov: The Crimea represents a direct threat to NATO member countries

    The Crimea has become a foothold from which Russia could directly threaten NATO member countries, as was stated on April 7th by the chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, People's Deputy of Ukraine, Refat Chubarov, in an interview with Krym.Realii.

    "Today, the annexed Crimea has become a direct threat to the NATO member states on the southern flank. This concerns Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey," Chubarov said.

    On April 7th, Refat Chubarov, Mustafa Dzhemilev, Emine Dzhaparova, and …

  • Crimean Tatar leader Dzhemilev claims that Crimea’s current 'semi-bandit totalitarian regime' is worse than the Soviet one

    After the annexation of the Crimea, Russia established on the peninsula “a hard, semi-bandit, totalitarian regime, which, by some of its features, is even worse than the Soviet one," as stated by the leader of the Crimean people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, at a conference in Bratislava, Radio Liberty reports.

    “The struggle of Crimean Tatars was long and persistent, but ultimately successful. Hundreds of people passed through prisons and camps. Some of them ended their lives in prison chambers and many …

  • Human rights activists: Two Crimean Tatars disappeared in the Crimea

    Two local residents have disappeared in the Crimea - Rizvan Abduramanov and Mudessir Isaev, Crimean activists report. In particular, according to Nariman Dzhelal, Rizvan Abduramanov, born on May 25, 1968, who is a resident of Batalne in the Leninsky district, made a trip to Feodosia seeking employment on November 10th. "His documents were found in Feodosia in early December. To this day the whereabouts of Rizvan are unknown," he said. In addition, as reported by Krym.Realii, citing …

  • Ukrainian TV channel began broadcasting in the Tatar language to the Crimea

    UATV Channel, which provides Ukraine’s international broadcasting abroad, began broadcasting in the Crimean Tatar language abroad and in the Crimea.

    This was reported by a member of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine, Serhiy Kostinsky.

    "Ukrainian news in the Crimean Tatar language appeared on UATV for the Crimean Tatar diaspora. It is the first time the state prioritized Crimean Tatar as the language of public broadcasting to foreign countries,” he said. …

  • UN urges Russia to protect rights of Crimean Tatars on anniversary of deportation

    The United Nations has called on Russia to protect the rights of Crimean Tatars on the 72nd anniversary of their deportation by Soviet authorities, Radio Svoboda reported. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, noted that persecution of Crimean Tatars has increased significantly since Russia annexed the Peninsula in 2014. "Since April 2014, Crimean Tatars have been subjected to arbitrary searches, seizure of books, and arrest. Last year, the authorities shut down a number …

  • Ukrainian journalist: Twenty-five Crimean Tatars were detained and interrogated in Yevpatoria

    Noted Ukrainian journalist and blogger, Osman Pashayev, reported on the 7th of May that Russian forces detained twenty-five Crimean Tatars in Yevpatoria and took them to the police station for interrogation. “All of them were taken to the city police station and got fingerprinted. They were taken into custody at the Central market near Vostochka restaurant. All detainees are Crimean Tatars,” Pashayev wrote on Facebook.

    According to Pashayev, Russian forces claimed to be hunting for the …

  • More than 100 Tatars detained at a Mosque in Crimea

    Several dozen armed men, allegedly belonging to the Russian OMON riot police, raided a mosque in Crimea, detaining about 100 Tatars. The detainees were then loaded onto a bus and taken away towards an unknown location.

    "It was reported that 30 to 50 armed men raided the mosque.. more than 100 Muslims were taken away in an unknown direction," lawyer Emile Kurbedinov wrote on Facebook.

    The Tatars were later released, but ordered to report to the police station. 

    "We have information the …