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Federal Security Service denied founders of Crimean Tatar informational agency entrance to Crimea

09.08.2014, 14:44

In the morning of August 9, at a checkpoint at the administrative border between the mainland Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula, representatives of the Federal Security Service denied entrance to Crimea  to the founder of Crimean News Agency (QHA) Ismet Yuksel and his wife Gaiana and daughter Dzhanike, when they were returning home.

This was reported by the leader of Medzhlis, Refat Chubarov, on his Facebook page.

 According to Yuksel, the FSS representatives informed him that he was forbidden to enter Crimea for five years.  Yuksel refused to sign the prohibition notification as it was illegal and violated his rights. Currently he is staying with his family in a town in Khersonska oblast near the administrative border with Crimea.

 Ismet Yuskel is a prominent public figure engaged in revival of the Crimean Tatar language and culture, the founder of one of the largest Crimean informational agencies, the Crimean News Agency (QHA), and his wife, Gaiana Yuksel, is the QHA’s director general and a member of the Medzhlis.

Earlier, the self-proclaimed ‘Crimean authorities’ forbade Crimea to the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, and the head of the Medzhlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov.  

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