Crimean Tatars are facing suspicion in the wake of an explosion that caused a power outage that has disrupted everyday life on the Crimean peninsula for the past two weeks. Anyone without a generator is left in the dark.
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.
Judges in the Russian-controlled Crimea have sentenced Tatar representative Akhtem Chiygoz to eight years in a labor camp for "organizing a mass riot." Chiygoz had worked for a Tatar assembly which Moscow later outlawed.
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