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Turkey: Erdoğan Negotiates Release of Crimean Tatar Leaders Imprisoned By Russia

Akhtem Chiygoz, a Crimean Tatar leader, at a demonstration in Simferopol in 2013. Chiygoz was imprisoned in 2014 and was released October 25 after negotiations between Turkey, Russia, and Ukraine. (photo: Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People)

Russia has freed two imprisoned Crimean Tatar leaders after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan advocated on their behalf, a significant victory for Turkish diplomacy in Russia and Ukraine.

On October 25, Russia freed Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, two deputy chairmen of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis assembly jailed for their opposition to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. The two men were then flown to the Russian city of Anapa and, from there, sent to Ankara. They will now return to Ukraine, Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev told the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.

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Turkey: Erdoğan Negotiates Release of Crimean Tatar Leaders Imprisoned By Russia

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