Russian-occupiers claim Crimean governing body Mejlis is an 'extremist organization' on the peninsula
Ukraine Today's Viewpoint is joined by Sevgil Musaieva, Editor-in-chief of Ukrainska Pravda, to discuss the recent deterioration of Crimean Tatar rights situation on the Russian-occupied peninsula.
"The oppression against Crimean Tatars started two years ago, after the beginning of the annexation. First of all, for our leaders Mustafa Dzhemilevand Refat Chubarov the Russian authorities said ‘no' going to Crimea. Then they cancelled work of ATR TV channel company. We have a lot of political cases against our activists. First, it was about violence between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian activists near Parliament building, when annexation was, and the second one was about Mustafa Dzhemilev tried to enter Crimea and Crimean Tatars were there trying to help him.And now the third – the case [to declare the Crimean parliament] Mejlis [an extremist organization]."
"We had a lot of searches during this year in Crimean Tatars' families. For example, in one family they found only one photo with Mustafa Dzhemilev and a map of Crimea with sign ‘Crimea is Ukraine', and a criminal case was opened against this guy."
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