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July 11 - July 17 News Digest: Top 7 Stories about Crimea

July 17, 2015 17:39 0 2940
QirimInfo has selected last two weeks’ most important Crimea-related stories

Russia has approved the indictment against Nadiya Savchenko

July 13. Russia’s Prosecutor General’s office has approved the indictment against Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko and sent the case to the municipal court of Donetsk (Rostov Oblast, Russia). Savchenko is being charged with killing Russian journalists in Donbass last summer.  

 

Supervisory board for Crimean Tatar public broadcaster created

July 14. Sergei Aksenov, the head of Crimea’s Russian administration, has approved the composition of supervisory board for Crimean Tatar public broadcaster. The board will be composed of 24 members, including the Mufti of Crimean Muslims Emirali Ablaev, a member of Presidential Council for Interethnic Relations Eskender Bilyalov, the president of Crimean State Engineering Pedagogical University Fevzi Yakubov, the director of Crimean Tatar Museum of Cultural and Historical Heritage Safie Eminov and others.  

 

Ukrainian ombudsperson has asked to give Crimean prisoners back

July 14. Valeriya Lutskovskaya, Ukraine’s human-rights ombudsperson, has appealed to her Russian colleague Ella Pamаilova asking to create a mechanism for moving Crimean prisoners to mainland Ukraine. Currently there are 22 people willing to be moved.  

 

Putin has dissolved the Ministry for Crimea

July 15. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree about the dissolution of Russia’s Ministry for Crimea, stating that the transition period and the process of optimization of federal executive bodies’ structure has ended. The next day Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev has created a governmental commission for Crimea and Sevastopol and appointed Oleg Saveliev, the former Minister for Crimea, its executive secretary.  

 

Cremlin has appointed its deputies to watch over Crimean government

July 15. Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the idea of Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev to include federal deputy ministers into the governments of Crimea and Sevastopol.  

 

Poroshenko has suggested creating Crimean Tatars’ national and territorial autonomy in Crimea

July 16. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has suggested changing Ukraine’s Constitution to give Crimea the status of Crimean Tatars’ national and territorial autonomy.  

 

Russia’s Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of a defendant in “Sentsov case”

July 16. Russia’s Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of Alexei Chirnii, who was detained in connection to “Sentsov-Kolchenko case” and charged with preparing acts of terrorists in Crimea. In April 2015 Chirnii was sentenced to 7 years in maximum security prison by North Caucasian military district court.

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