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Another Crimean Tatar Detained In Connection With May Clashes


SIMFEROPOL, Crimea -- A Crimean Tatar has been detained in connection with clashes between Russian police and Crimean Tatars.

Edem Ebulisov's lawyer said his client was detained on November 25 and may be charged with assaulting police.

Ebulisov is the fourth Crimean Tatar arrested over clashes that occurred near Crimea’s northern city of Armyansk in May.

Last month, Musa Apkerimov, Rustam Abdurakhmanov, and Tair Smeldyaev, were arrested and charged with assaulting police.

They were among thousands of Crimean Tatars who clashed with police near Armyansk as their veteran leader, Mustafa Dzhemilev, was prevented by authorities from entering Crimea on May 3.

Moscow-backed authorities of Crimea, the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula that was annexed by Russia in March, banned Dzhemilev from entering Crimea for five years.

Dzhemilev and the majority of Crimean Tatars oppose the annexation.

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