Crimean Tatars in resettlement areas after being deported in 1944

Seventy years have passed since all of the Crimean Tatar people were forcibly deported from their homeland on the decision of the Stalin’s regime. Detention of the Crimean Tatar people in the places of exile continued until November 1989. During this time the Crimean Tatars have suffered widespread repression by the Soviet regime. This resulted in mass deaths among Crimean Tatars, the majority of whom were elderly people, women and children. Within the first years of exile alone, the Crimean Tatars lost 46.2% of their population.

An eloquent illustration of these misfortunes can be found in the memoirs of those who survived, and in the few photographs carefully preserved by the deported families.

Feride Medzhytova

“I was born in 1932 in the village of Koz, Sudak District. When I had finished three grades, the war began. I never got the chance to continue my schooling.

“When the deportation began, our father was not with us; he was on the front. Our mum and the six of us kids were thrown out of the house by the soldiers. Continue reading

Sentsov detained, tortured in Crimea: Media

In Crimea, prior to being sent to jail in Moscow, detained film director Oleg Sentsov was beaten, strangled, and threatened with rape by representatives of the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB), reports TSN.

Sentsov’s Moscow lawyer, Dmitriy Dinze, said the severe beatings delayed Oleg’s transfer from Simferopol to Moscow, as they waited for his wounds to heal.

The filmmaker, who has been in a Moscow prison for more than a week, has written a statement on the crimes committed against him. “They put a black plastic bag on him, and they strangled him with it until he was barely conscious. Then he was beaten on his back. They took his pants and undershorts off and beat him with a bat and threatened him with sexual violence. This continued for about three hours,” the lawyer said, describing the details of Sentsov’s torture. Continue reading

Terrorists demand payment for leaving Kramatorsk: USD 1,000 for an adult and USD 500 for a child, says Centurion Parasiuk

terrorist moneyRefugees continue arriving from Kramatorsk, mostly families with children. According to the refugees, the terrorists must be paid USD 1,000 per adult and USD 500 per child.

Volodymyr Parasiuk, Maidan Centurion, who is currently in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, reports on Facebook that terrorists are demanding money from people leaving Kramatorsk.

“Mr. Tsariov’s house is being set up to accommodate refugees from the east. Two families have already been settled there. We were also meeting families from Kramatorsk today. Families with children mostly. Some of the men have joined the battalion. They say that terrorists at roadblocks demand money from the refugees. To leave the city, every adult must pay USD 1,000, and USD 500 for a child,” reports Parasiuk. Continue reading

Terrorists kidnapped, tortured, and threatened believers in Donbas

Donetsk Oblast – The militant terrorist organization Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) systematically implemented the provisions of its own ‘constitution’, which excludes religious freedom.

This is reported by the Institute for Religious Freedom based on an analysis of information on violations of the rights of believers in the Donetsk region by gunmen of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

On April 15, 2014, masked men with a Russian flag posted anti-Semitic leaflets near the synagogue in Donetsk on behalf of Dennis Pushilin, the self-proclaimed ‘People’s Governor’ of the DNR.

“All citizens of Jewish nationality over 16 years of age residing in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic are required to apply for registration with the Acting Commissioner of Nationalities in room #514 of the Donetsk Regional Administration building prior to May 3, 2014. The registration fee is 50 USD,” the leaflet said. Continue reading

Masha the mongrel

Sloviansk. This is Masha the mongrel. This dog lives at one of our security posts. She warns our soldiers of the invaders. When invaders are out there in the forest, she starts barking and the forest is fired upon. Then seconds before a mortar attack there goes Masha running to hide among concrete blocks. Within seconds after the dog hides, mortar bombs start whiffing. The dog’s danger warning actions have saved many lives. The dog is a dear friend to a soldier.

Source: Ruslan Yarmoliuk’s Facebook

Translated by Svitlana Gusak, edited by Vladislav A. Litosh

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Kremlin-paid internet commenters caught red-handed

Confirmation that the command operates a network of paid pro-Kremlin commenters appeared on May 31, 2014. Anonymous International exposed the activities of the Russian Internet Research Agency, which feeds itself from Russia’s state budget. The goal of this organization is to create, through comments on the internet, the illusion of support for the Kremlin regime.

Interestingly, the owner of the agency, Eugene Prigozhin, is the founder of the holding company Concord, known as ‘Putin’s chef.’  The company’s direct management includes Maria Kuprashevich, who is known for having taken a job in the liberal media to commit espionage.

It was found that there is a staff of people working with strict accountability to the curators. These staff writers are paid for writing pro-government comments on the internet. Continue reading

Happiness is when nobody is shooting at you

We have quickly gotten used to living in the middle of a war. Frighteningly quickly.

Our children are no longer waking up in the night upon hearing the sounds of firing. They don’t even flinch. They’ve gotten used to it.

But we still do. And straight away we look around: is everybody home? Yes. This means we can go back to sleep.

And we sink into a dull, heavy, dreamless oblivion. Our dreams aren’t meant for pictures. Our dreams are meant for resting before a new hard day. Perhaps, the last day of our lives.

Kids…Kids have changed. They are little grown-ups. They no longer act up. They have become quiet and obedient. Continue reading

Religious leaders support Ukrainian authorities in the struggle against terrorism in Donbas

KYIV – The hierarchs of Ukrainian Сhurches have issued a declaration on the importance of protecting Ukraine’s territorial integrity, maintaining its borders, and counteracting the evil and diversions being carried out by terrorists in the eastern regions of Ukraine.

This issue was discussed during a meeting by the head of the Ukrainian Parliament, Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, with members of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, held May 22, 2014 in the conference hall of the Parliament, the Institute for Religious Freedom reported.

“We want peace, but just, so that the aggressor cannot walk on our land. A just peace must be defended. The Church blesses our military, who are defending our land. We do not need someone else’s land, but want protect our own,” Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko), Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, noted in his speech. Continue reading

Dozens of dead bodies of men killed in Ukraine arrive in the Chechen Republic; residents state that some of them had served in security forces

Thirty-five to 45 Chechens who were killed in Donetsk Oblast during the fighting have been brought home; according to Chechnya residents, many of them had previously served in special forces battalions.

The security structures of the Chechen Republic have refused to comment on this information, writes the newspaper Kavkhazskiy Utel.

One Chechnya resident said, “I have a relative working in the security services. He said that several dozen dead bodies were delivered home from Ukraine; these were our boys who fought on the side of the militia.”

“Most of those who were killed came from the Gudermeskiy, Shalinskiy and Urus-Martanivskiy districts. It is alleged that six dead bodies were delivered to one district and four to another. But this information is purposefully not being spread because of an order issued by our officials. The bodies are being buried in local cemeteries,” he noted. Continue reading

Dnipro Battalion took control of railway

Dnipro Battalion and the territorial defense battalion of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast have taken full control of a number of railway stations in the region, as well as all border railway stations, according to the headquarters of the National Defense of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

“In response to the seizure of the railroad by terrorists from the so-called People’s Republic of Donetsk [DNR], Dnipro Battalion and the territorial defense battalion have taken full control of the stations: Prosyana, Slovyanka, Dobropillya, and Dachna, as well as all border railway stations,” Segodnya reports. Continue reading