Latest news from Crimea: Another journalist persecuted by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea

12:32 Sep. 2, 2016

Another journalist persecuted by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea

Photo courtesy - Elmaz Abduvelieva, Facebook

Russian Special Forces raid house of journalist working for Crimean Tatars news outlet

On early September 2, Russian security service officers of the annexed Crimea ransacked the house of Elmaz Abduvelieva, a journalist working for the news outlet 'Crimean Tatars' in the city of Simferopol.

This is reported by Crimean journalist, social activist Lilya Budzhurova on Facebook.

Read also Crimean journalist Lilya Budzhurova: "Don't frighten my family and my people with guns"

The Russian police broke down the door, without presenting documents and explanations, and began ransacking the place.

The 'Crimean Tatars' news outlet, with a focus on their culture, traditions, language, and history, was launched in Russia's annexed Blask Sea peninsula in August 2016.  

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Starting April 1, 2015, the Crimean Tatar media TV ATR, TV Lale and Radio Meidan were shut down by Russian-occupation authorities in the peninsula. The global community - the United States, the European Union, the OSCE, the Amnesty International - slammed the move, calling it "further prosecution of the Crimean Tatars in the peninsula".

Watch also 'Freedom of speech under threat in Crimea' – OSCE

Starting April 1, 2015, the Crimean Tatar media TV ATR, TV Lale and Radio Meidan were shut down by Russian-occupation authorities in the peninsula. The global community - the United States, the European Union, the OSCE, the Amnesty International - slammed the move, calling it "further prosecution of Crimean Tatars in the peninsula".

In spring 2016, massive searches took place in Crimea - Russian Special Forces ransacked houses or apartments of independent journalists who were suspected of cooperating with the news outlet Krym.Realii.

A criminal case was opened against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Nikolay Semena. He was accused of "threatening territorial integrity of the Russian Federation".

The reason for detention may be an article written by Semena for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. It is dedicated to the economic blockade of the peninsula organized by the Crimean Tatar activists. The "authorities of Crimea" claim the journalist called for "military operation against the local citizens" in his article.

Since Russia illegally annexed Crimes, at least 10 Crimean media that disagree with the policy of the Kremlin-appointed government of the peninsula, were forced to move to mainland Ukraine.

Crimea was seized from Ukraine by Russia in February 2014. Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.

Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds "a renewal of historical justice", 

Starting April 1, 2015, the Crimean Tatar media TV ATR, TV Lale and Radio Meidan were shut down by Russian-occupation authorities in the peninsula. The global community - the United States, the European Union, the OSCE, the Amnesty International - slammed the move, calling it "further prosecution of Crimean Tatars in the peninsula".

In Spring of 2016, massive searches took place in Crimea - Russian Special Forces ransacked houses or apartments of independent journalists who were suspected of cooperating with the news outlet Krym.Realii.

A criminal case was opened against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Nikolay Semena. He was accused of "threatening territorial integrity of the Russian Federation".

The reason for detention may be an article written by Semena for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. It is dedicated to the economic blockade of the peninsula organized by the Crimean Tatar activists. The "authorities of Crimea" claim the journalist called for "military operation against the local citizens" in his article.

Since Russia illegally annexed Crimes, at least 10 Crimean media that disagree with the policy of the Kremlin-appointed government of the peninsula, were forced to move to mainland Ukraine.

Crimea was seized from Ukraine by Russia in February 2014. Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.

Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds "a renewal of historical justice", instead.

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