Affront or Offensive? Russian OMON block Mustafa Jemiliev

“As feared, Russian OMON spetsnaz forces, together with the so-called Crimean “police,” are preventing Mustafa Jemiliev from entering Crimea and seem determined to cause confrontation with the Crimean Tatars. Around 5 thousand Crimean Tatars have arrived at Armyansk on the border between Kherson oblast and Crimea.”

Voices of Ukraine

03.05.14 | Halya Coynash

1399108229As feared, Russian OMON spetsnaz forces, together with the so-called Crimean “police,” are preventing Mustafa Jemiliev from entering Crimea and seem determined to cause confrontation with the Crimean Tatars.  Around 5 thousand Crimean Tatars have arrived at Armyansk on the border between Kherson oblast and Crimea.

Thousands came early on Saturday morning to meet Mustafa Jemiliev. Many had tears in their eyes as they greeted the veteran leader of the Crimean Tatars a day after he was stopped by the Russian authorities in Moscow from travelling to Simferopol in Crimea.  He was informed that this was in accordance with a five year ban on his entry to the Russian Federation.  With Crimea having been annexed by Russia, this ban now includes Mustafa Jemiliev’s homeland,  Jemiliev called the ban on his entry to Crimea “the zone of Russian democracy.”

1399110386Several thousand Crimean Tatars came right up to…

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