Crimean Tatar leader receives Polish “Solidarity” prize

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Mustafa Dzhemilev

The leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev received the Polish “Solidarity” prize on Tuesday, June 3, in Warsaw for his role in defending democracy and human rights, reports Radio Svoboda.

The award was presented to the laureate by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski and the former Polish President Lech Walesa in the presence of dozens of leaders of other countries, who came to the Polish capital to mark the event. Continue reading

Ukraine demands meeting with film director detained in Russia

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Film director Oleh Sentsov

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered a note to the Russian chargé d’affaires demanding that a  meeting be arranged with the film director Oleh Sentsov, who has been detained by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. Continue reading

Chinese company halts work on Crimean deepwater port

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Wang Jing, head of BICIM company

The Chinese company Beijing Interoceanic Canal Investment Management Company (BICIM) denied media reports that it has renewed negotiations with Russian and Crimean authorities to build a deepwater port in Crimea, Ukrinform reports, May 30, citing BICIM management.

“In recent days certain media outlets, without obtaining an official statement from our company, have published false information on our company’s project in CrimeaGiven well-known reasons, our company is temporarily halting work on the project and is not planning to resume it for now.,” BICIM representatives told Ukrinform. Continue reading