Rival pro-government and pro-Russian demonstrators held simultaneous rallies outside the parliament in Simferopol, the capital of automonous Crimea. Meanwhile, Russia has put ist troops on alert near Ukraine's borders.
Russia will attract a lot of attention in 2018, due to the presidential election and the Soccer World Cup. But it's already clear that one event will be much more unpredictable than the other, writes DW's Miodrag Soric.
The court found the Tatar leader guilty of "separatism" for calling on Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine. Ukraine has called the verdict "illegal and politically-motivated."
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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