The speakers discuss the current state of affairs in Crimea and propose strategies for Kyiv and the international community in countering these challenges.
Refat Chubarov, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
Bob Deen, Senior Adviser, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Chair: Orysia Lutsevych, Manager, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Two years ago the Russian Federation annexed the Crimean peninsula. The annexation led to the displacement of around 1,000 people, including many pro-Ukraine activists, journalists and officials as well as Crimean Tatars, an important ethnic minority in the peninsula. The OSCE reports that since 2014 the situation with regards to human rights, freedom of media and expression has deteriorated radically for a large number of residents and displaced persons. Russia has formally begun the procedure of banning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, the highest executive-representative body, on the formal grounds of countering ‘extremism’. The speakers discuss the current state of affairs in Crimea and propose strategies for Kyiv and the international community in countering these challenges.