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Russian police searched house of 'Crimean Tatars' news outlet jurnalist in Crimea

Russian police searched house of 'Crimean Tatars' news outlet jurnalist in CrimeaOn early September 2, Russian security service officers of the annexed Crimea ransacked the house of Elmaz Abduvelieva, a journalist working for the news outlet 'Crimean Tatars' in the city of Simferopol.

This is reported by Crimean journalist, social activist Lilya Budzhurova on Facebook.

The Russian police broke down the door, without presenting documents and explanations, and began rummaging the place.

The 'Crimean Tatars' news outlet, with a focus on their culture, traditions, language, and history, was launched in Russia's annexed Black Sea peninsula in August 2016.

Starting April 1, 2015, the Crimean Tatar media TV ATR, TV Lale and Radio Meidan were shut down by Russian-occupation authorities in the peninsula. The global community - the United States, the European Union, the OSCE, the Amnesty International - slammed the move, calling it "further prosecution of the Crimean Tatars in the peninsula".

In spring 2016, massive searches took place in Crimea - Russian Special Forces ransacked houses or apartments of independent journalists who were suspected of cooperating with the news outlet Krym.Realii.

A criminal case was opened against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Nikolay Semena. He was accused of "threatening the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation".

Since Russia illegally annexed Crimes, at least 10 Crimean media that disagree with the policy of the Kremlin-appointed government of the peninsula, were forced to move to mainland Ukraine.

Crimea was seized from Ukraine by Russia in February 2014. Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.
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