Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights: On the Aggravation of Discrimination Against the Crimean Tatar People

The Crimean Field Mission expresses its concern about the increasing number of reports of human rights violations against members of the Crimean Tatar people.

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On May 15, the Crimean Field Mission learned that Shevkie Taymazov’s home was searched by FSB officers (Russina security service). They informed the Taymazovs that their grandson, Enver Asanov, domiciled at this address, was suspected of a felony, but they refused to give more specific information. The FSB press service in Crimea and Sevastopol refused to comment on the situation.

In addition, partners of the Crimean Field Mission in Simferopol reported that about 15 FSB officers raided the home of Ali Khamzin, head of the Mejlis Foreign Relations Administration. They asserted that the house was raided because Ali Khamzin’s business cards were supposedly found on members of Pravy Sektor. Khamzin is currently in Kyiv and his son, who also lives in the house, was summoned to appear before the FSB on May 16. Continue reading

Another journalist missing in Luhansk

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Volodymyr Startsev

A journalist for the weekly “Nedelya Plus” Volodymyr Startsev has disappeared in Luhansk, reports Ukrainska Pravda, citing Channel 5, May 17. According to the TV channel, Startsev left the house of his friends, but never made it home. He is not responding to phone calls. Colleagues suspect his disappearance is connected to his professional activities. They say police are searching for him.

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Ukraine is concerned by human rights violations in Russia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is disturbed by the violations of human rights and the increasing political repression in Russia, said ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyynis at a press briefing on Friday, April 4, reports Ukrinform.

“The human rights situation in Russia and the incidents of political repression in that country are causing deep concern, ” he said.

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