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.
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.
Following his electoral victory in March, Vladimir Putin has once again been inaugurated as president of Russia. Will he continue on his present course? Experts agree: his increasingly authoritarian rule is here to stay.
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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