00:55 12.09.2017

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry protests against sentence of deputy chair of Crimean Tatar Mejlis Chiygoz

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has protested against the sentence passed by the Crimean Supreme Court on Akhtem Chiygoz, deputy chair of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis (banned in Russia).

"We notify Russia of our strong protest and stay committed to the fight for Akhtem," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mariana Betsa wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Later in the day, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry released a statement regarding the sentence on Chiygoz. "The reprisal [...] on Akhtem Chiygoz, deputy chair of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, over his support for Ukrainian territorial integrity and fight for human rights is another demonstration of the repressive policy conducted by Russia on the Crimean Peninsula for the purpose of suppressing dissent [...] and discriminating against Crimean Tatars," the ministry said in the statement, and demanded that Chiygoz be set free.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called on the international community to consistently react to human rights violations in Crimea and build up political and diplomatic pressure on Moscow.

The Crimean Supreme Court has sentenced Chiygoz to eight years in a penitentiary for instigating disturbances in Simferopol on February 26, 2014.

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