Activists in St. Petersburg stage single-person pickets to support Crimean Tatars (Video)

23:45, 19 November 2017
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Activists in Russia's St. Petersburg staged single-person pickets on November 18 in support of the Crimean Tatars, and against reprisals in the Russian-occupied Crimean, according to Strategy-18 public initiative, as reported by RFE/RL's Ukrainian service.

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The activists were holding the Crimean Tatar flags and posters with appeals to stop repression of the Crimean Tatars, and lift the ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, RFE/RL's Ukrainian service wrote.

Read alsoPersecution of Crimean Tatars intensifies in occupied Crimea - HRWPart of the picketers also mentioned Ukraine. For example, one of the posters was saying: "Crimea is turning from a resort area into a military base, with the suffering of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians."

In addition, some activists called for a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as well as for the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and other political prisoners of the Kremlin.

Several people approached one of the activists, demanding that he stop the protest. The police intervened in the conflict and decided not to impede the picket.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian court is going to sentence Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko to 20 years' imprisonment. He was officially charged with espionage.

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