Contents tagged with Crimean Tatars

  • 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 …

  • Chubarov: A military solution to the occupation of Crimea is unrealistic

    The liberation of Crimea from Russian annexation is possible provided that several factors come together, not the least of which is the role of the military. This opinion was expressed by the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, Krym.Realii reported.

    "I am one of those people who reject the liberation of the Crimea through military action. This should be a combination of a few, but very important factors: political, economic, diplomatic and military too. But only the …

  • Peskov: Decisions regarding the Crimean Tatar Mejlis are ‘internal matters’

    Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the US State Department’s call for Russia to revoke the decision to suspend the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, said that the matter is an internal affair of the Russian Federation.

    “This is an issue that concerns exclusively Russian jurisdiction, that is why we don’t consider it possible and necessary to listen to the opinion of other countries,” Peskov stated.

    Earlier, the Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, John …

  • Lawyer discloses details of mass arrest of 35 Crimean Tatars

    Crimean lawyer Emile Kurbedinov disclosed the details of the mass detention of 35 Crimean Tatars in the Crimean village Pioners'ke. According to him, the operation was carried out by masked gunmen who did not provide identification, Krym.Realii reported.

    The lawyer said that at about 10:30 pm on April 1st, armed men stormed the café Baghdad in the Crimean village.

    "All the visitors were put in a line facing the wall. The underage and individuals of Slavic appearance were almost immediately …

  • Crimean Tatar leader: Putin visited Crimea to 'reassure' the people

    The head of the Central Election Commission of the Crimean Tatars, Zahir Semdlyaev, believes that the purpose of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Crimea on March 18th was to “soothe the Crimean people who live in poor socio-economic conditions.”

    "He arrived to promise, to reassure local residents a little, to say that we must still be patient for about another hundred years, and then everything will be fine for sure. But in any case, they [the officials] are fine now, and about …

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: The situation in Crimea remains critical

    During a UN Security Council meeting regarding compliance with human rights in the Crimea, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein mentioned that the situation in the Crimea remains critical and requires constant monitoring by the international community, as stated by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    The restriction of civil and political rights of Crimean residents, the lack of freedom of expression, and the atmosphere of intolerance are of particular concern …