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Crimean Tatars Cancel Spring Festival To Protest Dzhemilev Entry Ban


The Crimean Tatars' self-governing body, the Mejlis, canceled celebrations of the annual spring festival, Hydyrlez, after Russia blocked veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev from entering the peninsula. On May 3, workers took apart stages and other installations prepared for the festivities near Bakhchysaray. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)


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