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Crimean Tatar leader jailed for stirring anti-Russia protests

03:35 EDT 11 Sep 2017 | Yahoo News

A man who led protests against Russia's plans to annex Crimea from Ukraine was jailed for eight years in the disputed territory on Monday - a move Ukraine's president called an act of Russian repression. Crimean Tatar leader Ahtem Chiygoz was found guilty of stirring up mass disorder by calling street demonstrations in February 2014 against a referendum which later sealed Russia's seizure of the peninsula. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the jailing of Chiygoz added to the case against Russia which had already been "recognized as an occupier at the highest international level." "One can unlawfully confine someone's freedom, but it's impossible to break the will! You may occupy foreign land, but it will burn under your feet," Poroshenko said on Twitter.


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