Russia: Crimean Tatar Leader Exiled for Five Years
Mustafa Jemilev, the elder statesman of the Crimean Tatar community, the largest minority group on the now-Russian peninsula, started out in life by being deported from his homeland. It now seems that he could possibly end his days in exile too.
On April 22, ironically the 144th anniversary of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin’s birth, the Crimean Tatar Assembly, or Mejlis, issued a statement confirming that Jemilev, 70, had yet again become a target of Soviet-style repression. Jemilev was departing Crimea for the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early on April 22 when he was handed a document by border officials notifying him that he would not be allowed to reenter Russia until April 2019. The document alleged that he had violated Russian laws covering exit and entry from the Russian Federation, the Mejlis statement said.
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