On Saturday, November 18, activists held solitary pickets in Moscow and St. Petersburg to support Crimean Tatars and against repressions in the annexed Crimea. This is reported by public initiative "Strategy-18" and Center for Journalistic Investigations.
It is noted that some activists came with Ukrainian and national Crimean Tatar flags. They also held placards with calls to stop illegal searches, arrests and other repressions against Crimean Tatars in Crimea, and to lift the ban on activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people. In particular, they wrote: "Crimean Tatars are not terrorists!", "Recognition of the Mejlis as "extremist organization" and ban on its activities is fascism!".
Activists pointed to Russia's militarization of Crimea after its occupation. On one of the posters it was written: "Because of the sufferings of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians, the former resort of Crimea is turning into a military base."
In addition, the picketers called for a boycott of the World Cup, which Russia must host in the summer of 2018, and also release of the Ukrainian film director, Oleh Sentsov and other political prisoners of the Kremlin.
Passers-by approached one of the activists, who held the Ukrainian flag ay Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, and demanded to stop the action. The police intervened in the conflict, and decided not to impede the picket.