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Ukraine: Russia has detained more than 50 Crimean Tatars

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In response, more than 50 Crimean Tatars gathered in front of the Russian Federal Security Service branch in the Crimean city of Simferopol.

Denisova wrote on her Facebook pageAs a result of this gathering, these people have been arrested. They were forcibly beaten and taken to various police stations throughout Crimea, where they are interrogated without the presence of a lawyer.

Stating that two journalists were among those detained, he called on the international community to use all its leverage to end the crackdown on the Crimean indigenous population.

Russian and Crimean officials have not yet commented on the incident.

The Moscow government annexed Crimea to Russia in 2014, a move that has been condemned by many countries around the world. The Russians, who make up the majority of the 2.3 million people in Crimea, supported the Moscow government’s move, but the Crimean Tatars, who make up 15 percent of the region’s population, oppose it.

It is estimated that 30,000 Tatars have fled Crimea since 2014.

Some who remain on the peninsula have been repressed by Russian authorities. According to Amnesty International, about 80 Crimean Tatars have been charged with various offenses and 15 activists are missing.

More recently, Ukraine hosted an international meeting of the “Crimean Platform” to pressure Russia on accession. The fate of the Crimean Tatars was one of the key issues at the meeting.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said the new arrests were aimed at punishing those who attended the meeting and signaled a new round of repression by Russia aimed at intimidating and threatening representatives of the Crimean Tatars and expelling them from the peninsula.

In this regard, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky tweeted on Saturday calling for the release of detained Crimean Tatars and wrote: The Crimean occupiers have once again persecuted the Tatars of the peninsula. Regular raids and detentions take place in the homes of these people. All those detained must be released.

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