Putin cracks down on human rights activists in Crimea
During his visit to annexed Crimea Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused those fighting for the rights of the Crimean Tatars of aiming at "fulfilling their political ambitions and receiving foreign grants," Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.
"You were talking about people who are trying to somehow destabilize the situation, especially regarding the Crimean Tatar issues," he said. "We know who those people are. There are some people who consider themselves professional rights activists. For these people, no one's rights matter. It is important that they are activists, and they want to receive foreign grants for this activity, as well as recognition and fulfillment of their ambitions, including political ones," Putin said.
Earlier, Putin has accused foreign funds of sucking up the country’s talented people "like vacuum cleaners."
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