There are increasing concerns that Russian authorities will take advantage of lockdown measures.
Russia has been targeting the Tatars with illegal detentions and other threats, even forcing them out of Crimea, but the ethnic minority refuses to accept Moscow's sovereignty
The Black Sea peninsula is experiencing purges, propaganda drives and plummeting living standards as it becomes a toxic geopolitical battleground.
Most people in the Caucasus feel they are facing a cultural onslaught, equating the bill to the policy of former Russian emperor Tsar Nicholas II, who wanted Russian to be prioritised over other native languages.
The Crimean Tatars have historically faced persecution firstly under the Russian Empire then under the Soviets. Now back under Russian control there are reports of increasing persecution.
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