Disinfo: There is freedom in Crimea, whereas Ukraine is governed by criminals and terrorists

Summary

There is absolute freedom in Crimea, Russia has often invited Western delegations to Crimea to demonstrate how calm the situation is on the peninsula.

Ukraine encompassing Crimea does not exist anymore. It was once free and democratic, however, nowadays a group of war criminals have taken power of the country, and they actively use state terrorism as a goal.

Disproof

According to the 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: https://bit.ly/2Op9YNH

There is a regular pattern of promoting as official the visits by groups that have no official status and do not represent the government view or have their support.

In June 2018, the EU prolonged the sanctions for the illegal annexation of Crimea for one year. See also the Fact Sheet on EU's non-recognition policy for Crimea.

Current Ukrainian authorities have been elected in legitimate and democratic elections.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimean Tatars, War in Ukraine, Crimea
  • Outlet: News Front

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