17:58 Apr. 1, 2016
Millet TV channel is aimed to counter "anti-Russian propaganda"
A new television channel in the Crimean Tatar language has started satellite broadcasts from Russia-annexed Crimea where the Russia-imposed government has shut down virtually all independent Crimean Tatar news organizations.
Its programs will now be transmitted via Russia's Yamal 401 satellite to Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, and Turkey, the channel's Director General Seyran Mambetov said on April 1.
Exactly one year ago, on April 1, 2015, Crimea's Russia-backed authorities shut down Crimean Tatars' long-serving television channel, ATR TV, and its several affiliates.
That move was condemned by the United States, European Union, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Amnesty International as further intimidation of the peninsula's Crimean Tatars.