As Crimeans go to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, media in the region is under intimidation from Russian soldiers and the militias that support them.
Instagram has removed posts related to Alexei Navalny's accounts of a meeting between a Russian deputy prime minister and billionaire tycoon. Russia's communications watchdog also blocked access to his website.
Wanted in his native Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili is engaged in a fierce political battle with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Saakashvili says he wants to "rescue" his adopted country from Kyiv's "bandits."
In a DW interview, Crimean Tatar council chair Refat Chubarov criticizes German FDP party head Christian Lindner, whose proposal for addressing the Crimea conflict, he says, could spell disaster for Chubarov's people.
Two Crimean Tatar activists sentenced for political activities by Russian authorities have been freed after an intervention by Turkey's president. The men were jailed as Moscow clamped down on the separatists.
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