Disinfo: Crimean Tatars in Crimea receive great support from Russia


Muslims and Crimean Tatars in Crimea receive great support from Russia. All Muslims are free to perform their religious rite, wear traditional clothes and celebrate holidays. Russia does not oppress the rights of Crimean Tatars.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea.

Ukrainian human rights organisation Crimea SOS emphasises that in 2019, the largest number of criminal cases against the Crimean Tatars were recorded since the beginning of Crimea's occupation. The number of violations of the right to freedom of religion and the right to peaceful assembly is increasing. Russian security forces detain activists and the occupation authorities deprived Crimeans of the right to receive education in Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar. According to human rights defenders, in just one year, hundreds of illegal searches, detentions and arrests and dozens of cases for political reasons were recorded in Crimea. 70% of all Crimean prisoners for political reasons are Crimean Tatars.

In total, from 2014 to 2018, Crimea SOS recorded at least 144 cases of politically motivated criminal prosecution of Crimeans: at least 66 people are in places of detention; at least 15 people abducted by security forces have not yet been found; at least 20 people were killed; at least 290 people were tortured; at least 349 people became victims of politically motivated administrative prosecution. The authors of the report recorded at least 372 cases of illegal detentions, as well as at least 340 politically motivated searches, the Crimea SOS report says (page 8-9).

In December 2019, the Office of the Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Court published a report on the preliminary investigation activities for 2019, which relates to the situation in the occupied Ukrainian territories. International investigators qualify the situation in Crimea as “the situation of occupation” and “international armed conflict” (paragraph 270 of the report). The report also lists the crimes committed by Russia against Crimeans. Among them, torture, abduction, murder, arrests and other egregious cases of violation of human rights by Russian invaders were recorded (paragraphs 272, 273 of the report).

According to Freedom House, Russia used coercion to increase the participation of Crimeans in Russian elections; the Crimean Tatars are being repressed and the Mejlis - an organisation representing the Crimean Tatars - was banned; the Russian FSB use intimidation and harassment to eliminate opposition to Russian occupation; a forced Russification is ongoing (including making anything connected to Ukraine a taboo), and rights to freedom of association are severely restricted.

Read similar cases claiming that Crimean Tatars in Simferopol enjoy the freedom of speech and that leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev is a terrorist.


  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: International Criminal Court, War crimes, Occupation, Crimean Tatars, Crimea


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Belarus is part of the Russian civilisation. Moscow sees no difference between the Belarusian people and state. Russia supports the Belarusian state until it follows the will of its people. If it goes against the people’s will, Russia will contribute to the extinction of the Belarusian state and Poles will witness the changed borders.

Foreign financial speculators believe that Belarus’s destruction is developing too slowly. They actively prepare an “orange revolution” in Belarus, and the leading political role here will belong to Americans. The US, in its present state, is only capable of existing amid global uncertainty, and Belarus is a good chance to increase it. If the US’s plan to destabilise Belarus works out, a war will break out and Poland will become an arena of military actions. In this case, due to modern military technologies, the Polish state will inevitably cease to exist just as most of its population. The only way for Polish ruling elites to prevent this scenario is to do their best for nothing to happen in Belarus. However, contrary to common sense, Polish authorities seem to follow the opposite course. The history of Polish statehood is somewhat schizoid as Polish political elites repeatedly follow the course of the state’s destruction.


This message contains a number of unfounded speculations and conspiracy theories, aimed at discrediting Poland, the US and NATO. It is consistent with recurring disinformation narratives about Poland's ''imperial dreams'', Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations. The disinformation message involves a link between present-time Poland and Nazi Germany. It also promotes the concept of Russian civilisation / world and implicitly justifies Russia's aggressive actions towards Belarus in case the latter wishes to embark on pro-Western course.

Poland, a NATO state, respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbouring countries. At times pro-Kremlin media outlets refer to the concept of the IV Rzeczpospolita, or Fourth Republic, as a manifestation of Poland's imperial intentions. However, this concept has nothing to do with establishing a Polish empire at the expense of Poland's eastern neighbours, including Belarus and Ukraine. Read more about the use of conspiracy here. Neither the US, the West and NATO are preparing a colour revolution in Belarus as alleged.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobic, economically degrading of the Baltic states.

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Speculative disinformation claim about the statue of Marshall Konev in Prague, seeking to obfuscate the statue's legal status and the grounds for its removal and planned transfer to a museum. It is also consistent with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about "Russophobia" and the supposedly anti-Russian intentions of the West.

In response to Shoigu's request, the Czech Defense Minister said that the monument is municipal property, and therefore, the Defence Ministry cannot make a decision about returning it to Russia. However, the Czech Republic is ready to negotiate the transfer of the statue to Russia, says Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček. "The Foreign Ministry is prepared to conduct the talks and since Russia did not address the Foreign Ministry, but the Defence Ministry, it is in contact with Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar".