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Text: Maria Volkonskaya

#ThingsAsTheyAre: Crimea is in the limelight

We will explain it quickly, jollily and clearly about foreign policy developments related to Crimea and other events.

#sameoldstory or #againaboutsanctions

Canada and Australia imposed sanctions against two individuals and several companies, which were building the bridge and now service the facility. In their turn, the representatives of Australia stressed that when they decided to impose the restrictions, they coordinated their actions with Canada, as well as they aligned their steps with the United Kingdom and European Union — who would have any doubt.

I want to ask only one thing: aren’t you bored, gentlemen? From year to year, the European Union, USA and Canada prolong the previous sanctions and levy new and new unreasonable illegitimate sanctions against everybody and everything related to the peninsula. Ukraine went further — the so-called “Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea” launch criminal investigations against artists and singers, who visited and gave concerts in Crimea. For example, last week, Oleg Gazmanov “got caught in the crossfire” for his performance at the concert dedicated to the opening of car traffic on the Crimean Bridge on 15 May 2018.

I join my colleagues, who consider that sanctions produce the boomerang effect and work for us, in the way of advertising. On my own behalf, I want to invite all people to Crimea. Come to us, we will give you a ride with great speed along the Crimean Bridge!

#fakesagain

“Every scammer counts on the bad memory of the one who should be deceived”. The quote belongs to Julius Fucik and it exists more than 80 years. I would like to advise the authors of the “Crimea” Twitter account, which is the main Ukrainian “Crimean” account that informs its subscribers that “CrimeaIsUkraine” since 2017, to get acquainted with the literary creation of the Czech journalist, writer and fighter against fascism. The thing I am trying to say. The abovementioned channel simply repeated the fabrication, created two years ago and presented by Ukrainian diplomats in Washington, and attached a photo, taken from the Holocaust Museum, of Jews from the Lodz Ghetto in Poland to the post telling about the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944. Neither the Star of David sewn on the jacket’s sleeve of one of the men nor inscription “France” written on one of the rail cars confused the Ukrainian propagandists.

Is that unprofessionalism or speculation on the tragedy of the people? Is that swindle, fake or complete incompetence of the Ukrainian propaganda machine? It is, unquestionably, typical of the current Ukrainian authorities to manipulate the most horrible pages of the world history and the fact that Kiev took the total course to the falsification of the history is beyond any doubt. Well, gentlemen, we have a long memory, though may be you should use your imagination and change your guidelines.

#human rights

Once again, here is the annual report of the U.S. Department of State on the situation of the human rights in the world. Predictably, there was much attention paid to Russia.

Of course, Crimea had come under intense scrutiny. According to the Department of State, it’s difficult to understand how people can live here. American human rights defenders suppose that violence, tortures, punitive psychiatric detention, jails and denial of medical treatment even in cases of serious illnesses are modern realities of life within the peninsula. A real disaster with the freedom of the media arose here: most TV shows in English and Crimean Tatar languages are prohibited and radio stations are prohibited to play songs of the Ukrainian artists (American rights activists didn’t walk along the embankment in Yalta, where a kobzar performs Ukrainian songs and nobody makes him go away. It is a freedom of expression, isn’t it?). According to the report, the Crimean Tatars and representatives of the LGBT community suffer terribly. The Crimean Tatars are prosecuted for the speaking their mother tongue and they are not allowed to celebrate Crimean Tatar national holidays. Those brave representatives of the LGBT movement, who stayed in Crimea after the “annexation of the peninsula”, are subjected to violence and discrimination. It is scary to think how an ordinary Crimean Tatar LGBT activist lives…

For information purposes, we would like to tell the employees of the U.S. Department of State that the full-fledged national cultural autonomy of the Crimean Tatars was established in Crimea and the language of this ethnic group was recognized as a state language on an equal basis with the Russian and Ukrainian languages, as well as the participation of the representatives of the Crimean Tatars in the local bodies of authorities in proportion to their share of the total population of the subject of the Russian Federation was ensured too.

As for criminal prosecutions against members of the organizations prohibited in Russia (“Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People” and “Hizb ut-Tahrir” — editorial note), they are conducted in strict compliance with the existing Russian legal system and they are not political, religious and ethnic motivated. Herewith, the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” extremist organization is prohibited not only in Russia, but also in Germany, China, Turkey, Pakistan and many Arabic countries.

Dear American human rights defenders! Please, come to Crimea and talk to the residents of the peninsula, who are Tatars, Ukrainians, Russians, and Bulgarians. Finally, you will get an opportunity to see with your own eyes how the peninsula lives and what happens inside of it and collect credible materials for you next report!

#notadaywithoutcensorship

The week was prolific for the events related to the regulation of the media landscape. Well, it is not so much about “regulation”, as “censorship” aimed against — you know against whom exactly — of course, it implies the Russian media resources.

The Latvian authorities continue accomplishing the clean-up operation within the information space of the country from the Russian media. In addition to all the restrictions imposed on the Russian media resources for the last years, the sanction list was complemented with blocking of the RT website because of the restrictions against Dmitriy Kiselyov. Last year, Latvia and Lithuania prohibited the broadcasting of the RT channel reasoning that Dmitriy Kiselyov had come under the European sanctions (the fact Mr.Kiselyov is the Head of the International News Agency “Rossiya Segodnya”, but not the CEO of the RT doesn’t embarrass the Baltic authorities). Last December, six journalists, who cooperated with the International News Agency “Rossiya Segodnya”, were detained by the State Security Service of Latvia. The journalists’ office equipment was confiscated and the reporters faced criminal charges.

The YouTube platform also distinguished itself — on the last day of March, the American video hosting service blocked the RT Arabic channel, but then it unblocked the channel. By the way, the channel’s audience is 5,5 million of subscribers and it has 3 billion of views. The activity of the U.S. platform can be called only an act of censorship. There is no more talk about the clarity of methods. This is another example of the American-style freedom of speech.

Reference: Crimean Newspaper