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April 30 — May 6 News Digest

May 06, 2016 16:09 0 2325 QirimInfo
Preparations for the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Genocide of the Crimean Tatar People, mass arrest of Muslims in Crimea, portraits of Stalin in Sevastopol and more.

US consider sanctions against Russia separately — for Crimea and Donbas

May 4. Official Washington does not intend to merge sanctions against Russia, related to the annexation of Crimean peninsula and Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine. As the US Department of State Speaker John Kirby said it on the 3rd of May, the sanctions against Russia would remain in force until the liberation of Crimea and the implementation of the Minsk agreements by Moscow.

European Parliament to discuss the problem of violations of Crimean Tatars’ rights

May 5. The European Parliament will hold a debate and adopt a resolution on the violation of Crimean Tatars’ rights on the peninsula by Russia. This issue is on the agenda of the next plenary session of the legislative body of the EU, which will be held on May 9-12 in Strasbourg.

Sevastopol to be «decorated» with billboards with the Stalin's image to Victory Day

May 5. On the eve of the Victory Day several billboards with the image of Joseph Stalin's portrait reappeared in Sevastopol. Some billboards have pro-communist slogans next to a portrait of Stalin: «Where communists are – there is victory».

Ukrainian government approved plan of actions for the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Genocide of the Crimean Tatar People

May 6. The aim of actions are to honor representatives of the victims of deportation of Crimean Tatar people in 1944, and to draw attention to the current situation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea under occupation. 

The plan of actions includes carrying a meeting of memory of Crimean Tatar people genocide in the capital on Independence Square on May 18th, and evening-requiem in the National Opera of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko, with the participation of state leadership, public and political leaders, heads of diplomatic missions of foreign states in Ukraine, representatives of international organizations, cultural and scientific figures, heads of religious organizations.

Mass arrest of parishioners in Crimean mosque

May 6. According to Emile Kurbedinov, from 30 to 50 armed men raided the mosque, located in the village Molodizhne of Simferopol district, after Jumu'ah. More than 100 Muslims were taken away in an unknown direction.

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