On Tuesday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine released a statement regarding Russian repressive policy against Ukrainians in the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is extremely indignant at the policy of the Russian authorities aimed at the destruction of not only Ukrainian state and persecution of its citizens, but all that may be related to Ukrainian culture, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to MFA of Ukraine.
“The Russian Federation openly ignores the incessant demands of the international community to cease systematic violations of human rights in the occupied Crimea. In an effort to destroy any relationship of the occupied territory of Crimea with the mainland of the country, Moscow continues large-scale repressions on the peninsula. This affects millions of citizens of Ukraine, above all – Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians. The last victims of Russia’s fight against freedom of speech and national identity became the Crimean Tatar TV Channel ATR in Simferopol and its ex-employees, namely Lilya Budzhurova, Elzara Islyamova and activist Lenur Islyamov,” – said the statement.
“Our special concern is the Kremlin’s attempts to tear off a strong Ukrainian diaspora in Russia from their national roots. Elimination of the Federal Ukrainian National Cultural Autonomy of Russia and Ukrainian Association of Ukrainians; refusal to register Ukrainian Congress of Russia; the ban on entry to Russia to a citizen of Ukraine V. Hirzhov, the co-chairs of the regional public organization Ukrainians of Moscow; pressure on the library of Ukrainian literature suggest a conscious effort of the Russian Federation to deprive its citizens of Ukrainian origin of the right for ethnic identity and cultural and educational development.
Fueling hatred against all Ukrainian, the Kremlin is trying to completely destroy all, that once served as the basis for mutual understanding between our nations, and pumping in Russian society an atmosphere of ethnic hatred.
We demand from the Russian Federation to immediately stop this policy of destruction and completely fulfill their international obligations both in the field of human rights, including the occupied territory, and in the field of cultural and educational needs of minorities.
We call on the international community to prevent the development of further Russian aggression against Ukraine, which gradually becomes more threatening and inhumane natured,” – stated the Ministry.
It should be recalled, that on October 30, at the 70th UN General Assembly session was pronounced Joint Statement of 36 countries on the situation with human rights temporarily occupied the Crimea, initiated by Ukraine.
UN member states called on the Russian authorities to immediately cease all violations, based on the ethnicity of citizens, abolish discriminatory laws and immediately release illegally detained Ukrainian citizens, including Oleg Sentsov, conduct a transparent investigation into the cases of killings and disappearances of Crimean Tatars and civil society activists, and bring to justice those, who committed these crimes.
Early morning of November 2, Russian Investigation Committee in Crimea began searches in the homes of former employees of the Crimean Tatar TV Channel ATR, in the frame of initiated criminal case against Lenur Islyamov, the owner of the channel.
Islyamov believes that this criminal case is a reaction to the anti-Kremlin stance and blockade of Crimea. He called it “planned attack on him and his business”, commenting to the edition. He was one of the main initiators of the civil blockade of Crimea, launched on 20 September.
The searches began in the homes of ex-editor of the channel ATR Lilya Budzhurova, former ATR CEO Elzara Islyamova and in Lenur Islyamov’s parents’ house. Lilya Budzhurova told about the events of November 2 in an interview to Radio Svoboda. She told how 21 armed men came with automated guns to her home at 5:40 in the morning, woke her and her family up, and searched everything in the house.