90% of those in prison in the region are accused of political crimes. A large majority of those declared missing since the annexation are from the #Tatar
Mejlis leaders such as Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov, alongside other public figures and journalists of Tatar origin, have been forced to leave #Crimea
, prohibited from visiting their homeland by #Russia
The first signs of the crackdown started in 2014, when Tatars were forbidden from holding mass gatherings, even on 18 May, the official day for commemorating the 1944 deportations.
In spring 2015, the Russian authorities banned Tatar TV channels and press outlets. ATR, the Crimean Tatar TV channel, was closed down, as well as the radio station Meydan FM and even a children’s TV channel, Lale.
Since then, the situation has become increasingly dangerous, to the point that parents now accompany their children to school for fear of abduction. Young Tatar are even told not to wear clothes with ethnic elements. Last year, Nariman Jelyalov, the deputy president of the mejlis, published a personal safety manual, recommending Tatars only move around in groups in well-lit public places. https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2016/dec/12/putins-new-ghetto-has-no-barbed-wire-fence-just-surveillance-and-harassment
A Crimean Tatar activist says the world is staying silent as his people are persecuted by Russia