Tag: Mustafa Cemilev

Russian Coverage of Jamala’s Victory Descends to the Level of Old Soviet Anecdote

May 16, 2016

Russian media have expressed unhappiness with the fact that Ukraine won the EuroVision song contest with Jamala, a Crimean Tatar singer who sang about her people’s deportation under Stalin in 1944.

Ukraine Live Day 455: Crimean Tatars Mark 71st Anniversary of Stalin’s Deportation

May 18, 2015

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Russian Occupation Of Crimea ‘Worse Than Soviet’ One

March 24, 2015

Staunton, March 23 — “The Russian occupation regime” in Crimea is “worse than the Soviet one,” according to Mustafa Cemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatars, in large part because Vladimir Putin couldn’t find a Ramzan Kadyrov-type leader among them and thus has chosen the path of direct rather than indirect repression instead. Speaking before […]

Moscow Radicalizing Crimean Tatars by Mistreating Them

December 3, 2014

Staunton, December 3 – Both before and after the Anschluss, the Crimean Tatars have been the most consistent opponents of the illegal Russian annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula that is their homeland. As a result, the occupation authorities have treated them badly, radicalizing a fundamentally pragmatic group rather than intimidating its members. In a 5800-word […]

Crimean Tatars Have Great Expectations from New Ukrainian Parliament, Leader Says

October 29, 2014

Staunton, October 29 – Even though only 12-15,000 Crimean Tatars were able to participate in the Ukrainian parliamentary elections and as a result only one of their number, Mustafa Cemilev, has been elected, the Tatars in occupied Crimea have great expectations from the new Verkhovna Rada, according to Nariman Celal, the deputy chairman of the […]

Disappearances on the Rise in Occupied Crimea, Reflecting Growing Illegality

October 8, 2014

Staunton, October 3 – Since the Anschluss, 18 Crimean Tatars have “disappeared,” three of them in the last week alone, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Cemilev told a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe yesterday, a reflection of increasing oppression and growing illegality by the Russian occupiers. Two youths, Isyam Dzhepparov and […]

Russian Occupation Further Tightens the Noose Around Crimean Tatars

September 16, 2014

Staunton, September 16 – In the wake of the Russian-organized elections, the Russian occupation authorities raided the offices of the Crimean Tatar Milli Mejlis and those of the Crimean Tatar newspaper Avdet, the latest indication that Moscow plans to suppress any and all independent Crimean Tatar activity on the Ukrainian peninsula. This latest manifestation of lawlessness […]

Moscow Engaging in Ethnic Cleansing in Crimea, Latvian Foreign Minister Says

September 8, 2014

Staunton, September 8 – The Russian occupation authorities in Crimea are engaging in ethnic cleansing on the Ukrainian peninsula, something that the international community must not only take note of but do everything possible to stop, according to Edgar Rinkevics, Latvia’s foreign minister. And Mustafa Cemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatars who has […]

Crimean Tatar Banned from Russian-Occupied Crimea Uses Video Conferencing to Lead Mejlis

August 26, 2014

Staunton, August 25 – Many people have focused on the way in which social media are transforming political life around the world, but the Crimean Tatars are now making use of a slightly older but equally powerful device to end run the actions of the Russian occupation authorities in their homeland. That is video conferencing. […]

Ukrainian President Names Cemilev Plenipotentiary for Crimean Tatar Affairs

August 21, 2014

Staunton, August 21 – Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has named Mustafa Cemilev to the new position of plenipotentiary representative for Crimean Tatar affairs and charged him with “securing the observation of the constitutional rights of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people of Ukraine.” Poroshenko’s decision institutionalizes the Verkhovna Rada’s vote on March 20 […]