Tag: Mustafa Cemilev

West Must Adopt a Serious Non-Recognition Policy on Crimea, Mejlis Leader Says

July 16, 2014

Staunton, July 16 – Western countries need to adopt a serious non-recognition policy concerning Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, including imposing real restrictions on firms Russian or otherwise which seek to use the ports and airports of the peninsula, according to Refat Chubarov, the Mejlis leader. In an interview with Mikhailo Glukhovsky of the Glavkom.ua […]

Russian Occupiers Block Another Crimean Tatar Leader from Returning to His Homeland

July 7, 2014

Staunton, July 6 – On July 5, the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea blocked Refat Chubarov, head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, from returning to his homeland from Kherson Region where he was attending a meeting, an action that repeats their exclusion of Mustafa Cemilev on May 3 and that is now a key part […]

Crimean Tatar Leader Appeals to Azerbaijan and Turkey for Support

July 4, 2014

Staunton, July 4 – If Azerbaijan and Turkey, two Turkic countries, adopt a principled position of support for the Crimean Tatars, Moscow will have to change its current approach to the Turkic nation on the peninsula and live up to its earlier promises, according to Refat Chubarov, the head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis. In […]

Fewer than Two Percent of Crimean Tatars Apply for Russian Citizenship

June 27, 2014

Staunton, June 26 – Only 5,000 of the 300,000 Crimean Tatars living in the Russian-occupied peninsula have applied for Russian passports over the last ten days, according to the Russian official there responsible for nationality affairs. That figure reflects the steadfast opposition of the Crimean Tatars to the Russian Anschluss. These officials say that applications […]

Crimean Tatar Leader Says Russian ‘Occupiers Won’t Be There Long’

June 23, 2014

Staunton, June 21 Mustafa Cemilev, the long-time leader of the Crimean Tatars, said in an interview June 20 that he has no intention of moving his family out of Crimea despite the fact that the Russians have blocked his return because he is certain that “the occupiers will not remain in Crimea for long”. Cemilev, […]

Crimean Muftiate Speaks Out as Russian Occupiers Ignore Crimean Tatars

June 12, 2014

Staunton, June 12 – As the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea continue to force out Crimean Tatars from positions of responsibility and exclude them from policy discussions, the Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD) there is playing a more prominent role in speaking out about Crimean Tatar concerns, especially in the area of “disappearances.” In an appeal […]

Coup against Putin Possible, Could Spark Disintegration of Russia, Cemilev Says

June 4, 2014

Staunton, 4 June – Mustafa Cemilev, the Crimean Tatar leader, said in an interview to the Belarusian television channel Belsat that people close to Vladimir Putin are growing so angry at the Kremlin leader because of sanctions that they are ready to rise in revolt against him, an action that could lead to the disintegration […]

Moscow Trying to Force Crimean MSD to Break With Crimean Tatars

May 23, 2014

Staunton, May 22 – Moscow is seeking to force the mufti of Crimea to break with the Crimean Tatar Mejlis or face the prospect that he and his Crimean Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD) will be “marginalized” by the authorities who will move to create “a more adequate centralized structure” for the Muslims of Crimea, according […]

Circassians Block Road to Protest Killing of One of Their Own

May 16, 2014

Staunton, May 16 – – Reflecting tensions between the Circassians and the Russian authorities in the run up to the commemoration later this month of the 150th anniversary of the tsarist expulsion of their ancestors and of the readiness of Circassians to defend their rights and dignity, a group of Circassians blocked a highway last […]

FSB Says Crimean Tatars Must Submit to Russian Rule, Face Prison, or Risk ‘Disappearance,’ Cemilev Says

April 29, 2014

Staunton, April 29 – Mustafa Cemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement whom Russian authorities have banned from entering his homeland until 2019, says that the Russian security service has told him and by extension his nation that its members must submit to Russian rule, face prison, or, even more ominously, “disappearance.” Despite […]