Mustafa Dzhemilev has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 

Анастасія Діденко, Любезна Катерина
19:37, 07 February
Mustafa Dzhemilev has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 
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Vice Speaker of the Lower Chamber of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) Malgorzata Gosiewska has nominated the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev, for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

Polish human rights activist Petro Khlebovich told the Turkish bureau QIRIM.News.

Other candidates for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize are British nature researcher David Attenborough, the World Health Organization, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Tuvalu’s Foreign Minister Simon Kofe, and Pope Francis.

“Every year, 300 to 600 people are nominated for the prize, including people who are as far away from the ideal of the Nobel Prize. Vladimir Putin was nominated last year. Where the Nobel Prize winner is, and where Putin is with his bloody adventures”, - MP Mustafa Dzhemilev told Suspilne Crimea.

The People’s Deputy had already been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, 2011, and 2015 - the last time he was nominated by some public organizations in Tatarstan (Russia).

TV presenter, political and public figure Sergei Pritula and leader of Okean Elzy, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, wished Mustafa Dzhemilev to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and noted that they support the idea of ​​his nomination for this award. They wished him good luck on the air of the program "Crimea.Important" on the radio "Crimea.Realities".

“Frankly speaking, for me, Mustafa-aga is a man who is on a par with Gandhi, Nelson Mandela. And I hope that this person, who is the personification of the will and all possible virtues, will receive this award, which rightfully belongs to him”, - Prytula said.

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk said that Dzhemilev remains the leader of the Crimean Tatar people. He was one of those who rallied the people around its national idea.

Dzhemilev noted it is important for Ukraine and the Crimean Tatar people to receive an appropriate award because it will draw attention to the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.

“It is very important for our current situation to receive support in the form of the Nobel Prize because it will attract the attention of the international community. First, it is important for the Crimean Tatar people. The Nobel Prize will help to gain large-scale support for Ukraine in the struggle for sovereignty”, - Dzhemilev said.

Mustafa Dzhemilev - is a dissident, the chairperson of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people (from 1991 to 2013), People’s Deputy of the III-IX convocations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. He was repressed and served 15 years in Soviet camps and prisons. He went on a hunger strike in Omsk prison for 303 days. Russian academic dissident Andrei Sakharov, who wrote a letter to the UN Secretary-General, supported Dzhemilev.

He is an honorary doctor of law at Selcuk University (Turkey), a winner of the Orlyk International Prize for Democratization of Ukrainian Society. He was awarded the Nansen Medal (UN), the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise V and IV degrees.

In 2014, the People’s Deputy also opposed the Russian occupation of Crimea.

On April 13, 2020, the Occupation Investigative Committee of Crimea charged Dzhemilev with three articles of the Russian Criminal Code:

  • “crossing the state border of Russia by a foreign citizen who is not allowed to enter Russia, committed by a group of persons by prior agreement (Part 3 of Article 322 of the Criminal Code of Russia)”;
  • “negligent storage of firearms, which created the conditions for their use by another person, if it caused serious consequences” (Article 224 of the Criminal Code of Russia);
  • “illegal acquisition and storage of ammunition (Part 1 of Article 222 of the Criminal Code of Russia)”.

At a court hearing in occupied Crimea on March 5, it became known that Dzhemilev had been banned from entering the peninsula for 15 years - until March 5, 2034.