Crimean Tatar leaders to run for Ukrainian parliament

Crimean Tatar leaders to run for Ukrainian parliament
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Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev and the head of Crimean Tatar Mejlis Refat Chubarov will run for election into the Ukrainian parliament on October 26 representing the political bloc led by President Petro Poroshenko.

According to bloc leader Yuriy Lutsenko, the Crimean Tatar leaders have urged the leaders of “former Euromaidan parties” to include at least one representative of Mejlis in their parties. Saying that, Lutsenko added “there will be two (Mejlis representatives) in our party,” referring to Mustafa Jemilev and Refat Chubarov.

In addition, Mustafa Jemilev included in the top five of pro-presidential party.

Since the annexation by Russia in March, around 3,000 Crimean Tatars have left the peninsula for mainland Ukraine.

The U.N. has also pointed to the erosion of human rights in Crimea, which remains under the occupation of pro-Russian militias who particularly threaten the Crimean Tatars.

Former Mejlis head Mustafa Jemilev and the current leader Refat Chubarov have been barred by Russia from entering the peninsula for five years.

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