Tag: Crimean Tatars

Russia’s Republics Should Have Referenda on Independence, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Says

March 31, 2014

Staunton, March 31 – Confronted with Moscow’s seizure of Crimea and its demands for the federalization of Ukraine, the Ukrainian foreign ministry has countered by calling for every republic within the Russian Federation to hold a referendum about their future status and possible independence. Moscow has been pushing for the federalization of Ukraine for two […]

Day 41: Russian-Trained Snipers Killed Maidan Protesters

March 30, 2014

Exclusive photos and videos obtained by the Daily Beast expose the Russian-trained state killers behind the sniper deaths on Maidan. Vitali Klitschko has announced he will not run for President as Ukraine continues to plan for increased Russian military intervention. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story […]

Russia Can Seize Southeastern Ukraine but Not Hold It, Akhmetov Says

March 28, 2014

Staunton, March 28 – The Russian Federation currently has enough forces on the border of Ukraine to seize the southeastern portions of that country, but because it will face a partisan war after it defeats the out-manned Ukrainian military, the Russian forces currently available are insufficient to hold that region, according to Rashit Akhmetov. In […]

Crimean Tatars a Major Challenge to Moscow on Peninsula, Makarkin Says

March 25, 2014

Staunton, March 25 – Not only have the Crimean Tatars become “the main problem for Russia” on the peninsula, Aleksey Makarkin says, because of their opposition to unification with Russia, but they represent an issue that won’t be resolved any time soon and thus are something that “will create ever more problems” in the future. […]

Kazan Tatars See No Future for Themselves in Putin’s Russia

March 24, 2014

Staunton, March 24 – Vladimir Putin’s transformation of Russia into a totalitarian, militarist and chauvinist state mean that the Kazan Tatars can see no future for themselves in that country as long as he is its president and is carrying out such policies, according to a declaration of the Millli Mejlis of the Kazan Tatar […]

Citing Defense of Ethnic Russians in Crimea, Small Nationality in Russian Far East Demands Moscow Intervene

March 21, 2014

Staunton, March 21 – That Vladimir Putin’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea has opened a Pandora’s Box is, as Russian commentators say, “clear to the unaided eye.” But one problem that the Kremlin probably didn’t anticipate is that a small non-Russian nationality in the Russian Far East would call on Moscow to intervene to protect their […]

Crimea a Precedent for Russian Actions Across Former Soviet Space, Influential Russian Analyst Says

Staunton, March 21 – Yana Amelina, a well-connected Russian analyst, says that Moscow’s annexation of Crimea is “a precedent for South Ossetia and the entire post-Soviet space,” the most expansive Russian interpretation yet of what Putin intends and an indication that the breakaway republic in Georgia is now in the Kremlin’s crosshairs. In two articles […]

Crimean Tatars Fear Moscow May Try to Deport Them and Plan to Resist

March 18, 2014

Staunton, March 18 – The two most senior leaders of the Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Cemilev, the former leader of the Mejlis, and Refat Chubarov, the current head of that body, say that many in their nation fear that Moscow will try to deport them from their lands again and insist that they will resist any […]