: Crimean Tatars in Czech Republic mark two years since Russia seized their homeland
Politics18:27 Mar. 20, 2016

Crimean Tatars in Czech Republic mark two years since Russia seized their homeland

RFE/RL report: Refat Chubarov led protests through the streets of Prague

Crimean Tatars in Prague have rallied to mark two years since Russia annexed their Black Sea regional homeland.

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Activists holding flags and posters of Ukrainian political prisoners marched through the Czech capital.

There was one familiar face - that of Refat Chubarov, the head of the Crimean Tatar's main representative body the 'Mejlis'. That body current faces closure after self-styled Russian prosecutors in Crimea claims it is involved in extremist activity.

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Protesters carried signs calling for Russia to release high-profile Ukrainian prisoners: pilot Nadia Savchenko, film director Oleh Sentsov, and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko.

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