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#LIBERATECRIMEA: Erdogan vs Putin: is bargaining appropriate? (issue 64)

29 September 2021

76th session of the UN General Assembly

What to expect from Erdoğan's meeting with Putin?

Occupants have toughened charges for political prisoners

Mass registration of Kremlin prisoners

Elections to the Russian State Duma

We will talk about this in the 64th issue of the #LiberateCrimea blog.

The past week began with the opening of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, during which the leaders of the member states spoke.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his speech on September 22, called on all UN member states to join the Crimean Platform declaration, and this was a good message. But, criticism of the UN that it ignored the Crimean platform is not appropriate, because Russia and its satellites are also subjects of this organization and, therefore, the UN will not be engaged in the de-occupation of Crimea.

At the end of September, the presidents of Russia and Turkey will hold scheduled talks in Sochi. According to the press service of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the meeting with Vladimir Putin will take place on September 29, 2021. According to official data, the heads of state will discuss the international political agenda and the Syrian issue, as well as bilateral diplomatic relations between the countries.

Was Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's statement to the UN a political message before the talks in Sochi?

Is the arrest of Nariman Dzhelial, Asan and Aziz Akhtemov a bargaining chip for Putin at the talks in Sochi?

Unambiguously, from the moral point of view, President Erdoğan will not be able not to raise this problem in the negotiations?

But what will be the price? Wait and see!

At the same time, the charges against Nariman Dzhelial and Asan Akhtemov, who were detained on September 3 and 4, were tightened. Now they are charged with sabotage as part of an organized group and illegal acquisition, transfer, storage of explosives as part of an organized group. And on such a charge, imprisonment from 12 to 20 years can be applied.

The Russian government began to use a new trick, political prisoners began to be massively put on professional records.

Last week, Medzhyt Ablyamitov and Emil Dzhemadenov were put on preventive records for a penchant for extremist ideology, a penchant for terrorist activities, a penchant for attacking employees, and a tendency to violate internal rules.

The so-called elections took place in the Russian Federation. During the voting, in violation of international law, polling stations were illegally opened in the occupied Crimea, and passportized Ukrainian citizens living in the occupied Donbass were massively involved. In addition, a number of politicians from foreign countries, in particular from France, illegally visited the occupied peninsula as observers.

We remind you that these actions are illegal. We call on the Ukrainian authorities and the international community to react harshly to the fact that the so-called elections are being held in the occupied territories.