Contents tagged with Crimean Tatars

  • 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 …

  • 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 …