Natalia Poklonskaya, Crimea’s controversial prosecutor general, who was appointed by the new Russian administration, has launched criminal proceedings against Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Medjlis of the Crimean Tatar People and other leading Medjlis figures. Continue reading →
Mustafa Dzemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatar community, Speaking at the UN Security Council.
MUSTAFA: The topic of the meeting is “Human Rights in the Occupied Territories”.
Mostly we focused on this issue, and particularly Valentina Samar. I spoke about the situation in general, about the legal grounds of the occupation, about Russia’s faulty reasoning, and about my concerns. Among them, first of all, is the fact that sanctions against this aggressor are like pinpricks to an elephant. If nothing changes, it is highly doubtful that Russia will leave the territory it occupied. Should this approach prevail, Ukrainians will feel cheated, and rightfully so. There is already a growing narrative that we were cheated and we need to return our nuclear status.
JOURNALIST: What more assertive actions would you like to see from the West? Military actions?
On March 24, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzemilev on air of Ukrainske Radio said:
“Only 34,2% of Crimeans actually took part in the pseudo-referendum on March 16. The Crimean Medjlis got hold of the data that was directed to the Russian FSB, where the real picture needs to be known, and not the propaganda one that they are disseminating. And on election day at 12 o’clock they were spreading information about an alleged 60% turnout. In addition, there was no binding to geographic location; you could have voted in one municipality and then go vote to another.”