Russia / Europe
In late October, President Vladimir Putin pardoned and released Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz, two Crimean Tatar dissidents. Both were members of the Mejlis, a legislative body for the Crimean Tatar people that has been dissolved since Russia’s capture of Crimea. Both were persecuted for their views: They openly stated that the Russian Federation is guilty illegally annexing Crimea, and called for the return of Ukrainian sovereignty.
It seemed at the end of September that the fate of these …read more