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Crimean Tatars’ Leader: Russian Detentions Aim at Purging Followers 

Moscow’s recent raids in Simferopol are part of a broader effort to suppress democratic activists in the Russian-controlled Black Sea Peninsula. That’s the assertion being made by Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Mejlis, the Crimean Tatars’ self-governing body that Russia has outlawed.

Crimean Tatars, who are predominantly Muslim, confronted Russian security forces on Wednesday after 20 people were detained in what Russian officials called a sweep for suspected Islamist militants.

Ukraine’s representative to the European Union, Ambassador Mykola Tochytskyi, immediately called on European partners to “harshly and decisively” condemn the “illegal” searches of homes and arrests, triggering broad …read more

Source: Voice of America

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