Contents tagged with Crimean Tatars

  • EU urges Russia to stop attacks on Crimean Tatars

    The EU decisively condemns the arrest of 23 Crimean Tatars in police raids by the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea on 27 and 28 March, said EU Spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijancic in a statement.

    “A court in the Crimean peninsula, illegally annexed from Ukraine by Russia, has ruled that all 23 Crimean Tatars detained on 27 March and 28 March will be held in pre-trial detention until 15 May. They are accused of belonging to the organisation Hizb ut- …

  • Dzhemilev: Around 10% of Crimean Tatars left Crimea because of Russia’s oppression

    Russia uses the Russian Empress Catherine II strategy in the occupied Crimea by evicting the Crimean Tatars and populating the peninsula with Russians. The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung stated that around 10% of the Crimean Tatars were forced to leave their native land, reports Ukrinform.

    "According to our estimates, 10% of 300,000 Crimean Tatars were forced to leave Crimea. This is the same strategy used by …

  • Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine: Ankara will not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea

    Turkish Ambassador in Ukraine Yağmur Ahmet Güldere stated during a speech at the Forum “Occupied Crimea: 5 Years of Resistance” in Kyiv that Turkish authorities completely refuse to recognize the annexation of the Crimea, Ukrinform reports.

    “Turkey, Turkish Parliament and the Turkish government did not and will not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea. Our understanding of the situation is absolutely clear: Crimean Tatars are our brothers and they have their historical homeland, the …

  • Crimean authorities intend to nationalize property of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The Crimean authorities intend to nationalize the property of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and hand it over to the Russian-controlled Spiritual Direction of the Muslims of Crimea (SDMC), Krym.Realii reports, citing Sergey Ayksyonov, Russian Prime Minister of Crimea.

    Aksyonov noted that no “nationalization” is currently taking place on the peninsula, but with respect to the Mejlis’s property “the relevant measures should be taken”.

    The initiative had been voiced the day before at the …

  • Human rights activists: four suspicious deaths occurred in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center in April

    At least four people died an unnatural death in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center (SIZO-1) controlled by Russian authorities. Two were Crimean Tatars, reported the Crimean Human Rights Group.

    "The Crimean Human Rights Group has information that on April 6, Server Bilyalov, 69 years old, and Oleg Goncharov, 46 years old were allegedly found hanged. On April 12, 23-year-old Dmitry Shipovnik was also found hanged in the punishment cell," human rights activists said. On April 13, in cell …

  • 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 …