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