Vice-premier invites the New York Times to Crimea


September 27, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

–, translated by Tom Winter –

Coming soon to Crimea?
“the assessment of the human rights situation on the peninsula was carried out remotely, from Ukraine”

New York Times
journalists get invited to visit the Crimea
Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government Georgy Muradov has invited journalists from the American newspaper New York Times to visit the Crimea.

The invitation was made on the site of the press center MIA “Russia Today” in Moscow, via video bridge with Simferopol. It was in the context of the  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report on human rights violations in Crimea published on September 25.

“I invite all journalists who are here, including the New York Times, to show some interest and come to our Crimea,” Muradov said.

According to him, the journalists can visit, and also observe at the international conference that will be held in November. “We have already talked with journalists from Western newspapers, and they learned a lot of interesting things. You, too, will learn a lot of interesting things,” the vice-premier promised.

Earlier Muradov reported that they are holding the conference “Crimea in the Modern International Context,” in November, which will include the forum of Friends of Crimea. Prominent politicians and mayors from all over the world are expected.

The report of the monitoring mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Ukraine says that human rights in the Crimea were massively violated after its accession to the Russian Federation, including the authorities of Ukraine, as well as Russia. The document covers the period from February 22, 2014 to September 12, 2017. 

The report focuses on the situation with human rights in the Russian Crimea, which is cited as the Ukrainian territory “temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.” At the same time, the mission notes that they did not have access to the territory of the Crimea and their assessment of the human rights situation on the peninsula was carried out remotely, from Ukraine.

The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov informed that the Kremlin is not yet acquainted with the contents of the report. The deputy of the State Duma from the Crimean region Ruslan Balbek called the report a “letter of filth,” and the authorities of the Crimea called on the UN to take the path of objectivity and forbid its missions to propagate unverified reports. In the OP, the UNHCHR report was called dubious and “frankly ridiculous.” Andrei Klishas, chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Law, in turn believes that the purpose of the report is to resume discussions on the status of the Crimea.

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