Putin says Crimean Tatars should not strive for special status
Crimea's Muslim minority - Crimean Tatars - should not seek any special status, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to the annexed Crimea, Ukraine Today reports.
"Any speculations about any special rights of members of any ethnic groups I consider in that regard as extremely dangerous," said Putin, according to Ukraine Today.
Meanwhile, the Crimean Tatars, backed-up by international NGOs, claim they have been subject to a growing number of human rights abuses since the Kremlin illegally took over the Black Sea Peninsula in a globally unrecognized aggressive move amid Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity success.
The only Crimean Tatar TV channel was forced to shut down, further relocating to Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Crimean Tatar leaders Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov were banned by occupier authorities from entering Crimean territory.
In early August, the Crmean Tatar Congress in Ankara addressed the world community to recognize the Russian policy regarding the ethnic minority as genocide.
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