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August 1 – August 7 News Digest: Top 7 Stories about Crimea

August 07, 2015 18:51 0 1775 QirimInfo
QirimInfo has selected last week’s most important Crimea-related stories.

World Congress of Crimean Tatars held in Turkey

August 1-2. 430 delegates of 200 organizations have gathered last weekend for the World Congress of Crimean Tatars. Refat Chubarov was chosen to be the head of the congress. Speaking with the delegates, Turkish authorities said that they will never recognize the occupation of Crimea and will support the struggle of Crimean Tatars for their rights.

Turkish president and Crimean Tatar leaders met in Ankara

August 3. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an had a meeting with Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Commissioner of the President for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of the Mejlis, Chubarov’ deputy Aslan Omer Kirimli and a delegate of Qurultay Rustem Umerov to discuss the problems of Crimean Tatars on the occupied peninsula.

CEO of Chernomorneftegaz suspended

August 4. Self-proclaimed Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov has suspended Sergei Beym from his position of the CEO of Chernomorneftegaz for the time of investigation on the suspicion of illegal gas trading for the time of investigation on the suspicion of illegal gas trading and fraud. Previously auditors have discovered numerous discrepancies in the amount and quality f gas extracted.  

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepared a package of anti-Russian sanctions

August 4. Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared a package of economic sanctions against Russia, Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, said. The package will be sent to the Cabinet of Ministers to be approved.

Kremlin offered to exchange Nadiya Savchenko for a corridor to Crimea

August 4. Russian authorities have offered to exchange Nadiya Savchenko, captive Ukrainian pilot, for a land corridor to Crimea, advisor to the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Yurii Tandit said. Dmitry Peskov, press spokesman for the President of Russia, has denied these claims.

Ukraine to convict former Crimean naval commander in absentia

August 5. Ukrainian military prosecutors are planning to charge Serhii Eliseev, former first deputy commander of Ukrainian Naval Forces, for treason and desertion. He deserted in March 2014, the first month of annexation, and later join Russian navy to become the deputy commander of Baltic Fleet of Russian Navy.

Koktebel’s mayor found hanged

August 7. Rostislav Storozhkin, head of Koktebel city administration, was found hanged in a cottage of Primorie boarding house. According to one of the sources, his death may be connected to organized crime. The previous day he was working actively and met with the head of local police. Crimean prosecutors say this was a suicide for personal reasons.

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