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Scoop of the weekend: Russian FSB detains prominent Crimean Tatar rights activist

Scoop of the weekend: Russian FSB detains prominent Crimean Tatar rights activist

Human rights in Crimea

A deputy head of the Crimean Tatar Majlis, Nariman Dzhelyal (Dzhelyalov), who was detained by the Russian FSB in Crimea is facing up to 15 years in prison. According to Majlis head Refat Chubarov, Dzhelyalov and four other people detained on 4 September are suspected of sabotage.

He said that Dzhelyal spent many hours in handcuffs and with a bag over his head. He was also subjected to psychological pressure, Chubarov learnt from Dzhelyal's lawyer.

Chubarov also described the detentions as Russia's revenge for Kyiv's Crimean Platform initiative.

Dzhelyal's detention provoked mass protests by Crimean Tatars, 60 of whom were briefly detained. As of 5 September, two protest participants have not been released.

Donbas

A Ukrainian serviceman sustained a heavy gunwound in Donbas on 4 September, the Joint Forces Operation HQ said. Russia-backed militants targeted Zolote-3 with anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms and Starohnativka with small arms.

Coronavirus

Infection rates in Kyiv city, the regions of Luhansk, Kherson and Chernivtsi regions have surpassed the green level of 75 patients per 100,000 residents, the Health Ministry has reported.

Society

An animal rights rally was held in central Kyiv on 5 September. Organised by UAnimals, rally participants protested against abuse of animals, contact zoos and the use of fur.

Paralympics

Ukraine's national Paralympic team has returned from Tokyo with 98 medals under their belt: 24 gold, 47 silver and 27 bronze ones.

Drive to restore the cathedral

The organ chamber of the iconic neo-Gothic St Nicolaus Cathedral in Kyiv caught fire on 3 September. The fire quickly spread across the roof. The unique organ is destroyed. The Interior Ministry suspects a wire problem inside the wooden framework of the organ.

According to Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko, repairs would cost "dozens of millions of hryvnyas".

Some of Ukraine's advanced businesses like Rozetka, Monobank and others have already contributed 1m hryvnyas each towards the repairs.

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