[Marxism] Cracking down on Crimean Tatars

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 28 11:13:26 MST 2014

On September 15, police in Simferopol conducted a 17-hour search of the 
offices of the Mejlis, the Crimea Foundation, the charitable 
organization that administers the Mejlis, and the Mejlis newspaper Avdet.

Riza Shevkiev, the general director of the Crimea Foundation and a 
Mejlis member, told Human Rights Watch that at 9 a.m. on September 15 
the police and unidentified armed, masked men surrounded the building 
that houses all three offices, blocking the front door. [20]  The armed 
men warned journalists to stay away and threatened them when they tried 
to film, one of the journalists who was at the scene told Human Rights 
Watch. [21] When Shevkiev arrived at the office shortly afterwards, law 
enforcement agents provided him with a copy of a court order requesting 
that a search be conducted at the Mejlis office “with the purpose of 
finding weapons, firearms and publications inciting racial, gender or 
religious discord.” According to Shevkiev, after searching the Mejlis 
offices and library, law enforcement agents searched the separate 
offices of the Crimea Foundation and Avdet. When Shevkiev requested a 
search warrant for those premises, law enforcement agents failed to 
provide one.

full: http://www.hrw.org/node/130593/section/5

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