Dzhemilev says occupation authorities may deport his wife from Crimea if she rejects Russian citizenship

16:20, 15 March 2017
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The Ukrainian president's envoy to the Crimean Tatar people and Crimean Tatar leader, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev says that his wife is threatened to be expelled from Crimea if she fails to obtain a Russian passport, according to a Ukrainian online news outlet Obozrevatel.

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"We'll talk to a lawyer, we'll think of what can be done. But they may deport her, while she has to take care of her old mother, who is ill, as well as her son, and her home there. We also call on our compatriots not to flee from Crimea. This would set a bad example, had they left," Dzhemilev said.

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As UNIAN reported, Dzhemilev said earlier that nearly 20,000 Crimean Tatars had left Crimea since the beginning of the occupation.

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