Contents tagged with crimea

  • Ukraine recognised Soviet deportation of Crimean Tatars as genocide

    On November 12, the Ukrainian Parliament, Verkhovna Rada, approved a resolution recognising the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944, as genocide. 245 Ukrainian MPs voted for the resolution. According to the document, May 18 will be marked as the Memorial Days for the victims of the genocide.The explanatory note to the resolution provides information about forced evictions of more than 180 thousand Crimean Tatars directed by the Soviet Union’s State Defence Committee. As stated in the document, …

  • New Russian banknote marks annexation of Crimea

    According to reports of the TASS news agency, a 100 ruble banknote commemorating Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 will appear in Russia next month.This comes as an act of defiance against world opinion. 

    Russia's annexation of Crimea followed the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, and has been widely condemned as an illegal act by world leaders. This, and a prolonged fighting between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the …

  • Crimean MP arrested by Ukrainian authorities

    Crimean MP, Vladimir Galichiy, has been arrested at the border with Ukraine.

    According to, Vladimir Galichiy has been detained attempting to cross the border from Ukraine to Crimea.

    According to the ruling of the Pechersky district court of Kiev, the 49 Crimean MP who last year voted in favor of the Crimea referendum were put on a wanted list. They have been charged with treason by Ukrainian authorities.

    Vladimir Galichiy is one of the 49 and the first to be arrested by …

  • Three-year sentence for criticizing Putin

     A 56-year-old Rafis Kashalov has been sentenced by a Russian court to three years imprisonment over social network posts criticizing Russia's annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. The prosecution claimed - and judge Dan Shakurov in the Naberezhnye Chelny court accepted – that these were 'public calls to violate Russian territorial integrity' and 'hate speech.' This is the first prosecution and verdict on charges under the new Article 280.1 § 2, and has, as feared, been used …

  • Berlusconi visits annexed Crimea

    Silvio Berlusconi, Former Italian Prime Minister arrived with a "private visit" in the Crimea annexed by Russia.  

    Berlusconi arrived on September 11 in Yalta, where he plans to take in the sights and have "several meetings".

    As admitted in the Kremlin on September 9, during the trip Berlusconi could meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Berlusconi is also expected to visit Sevastopol, and then go to Moscow and return to Italy on 13 September.

    Earlier this year Berlusconi, who is a …