ANKARA (QHA) -

The Russian Embassy in Ankara has issued a message regarding the killing of veteran of the Crimean Tatar National Movement Vedzhie Kashka by the Russian security forces in the annexed Crimea.

Diplomats, in the best traditions of the Russian propaganda, report that the Diaspora of the Crimean Tatars in Turkey (meaning the Crimean Tatar Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of Turkey) is allegedly trying to distort events occurring in the annexed peninsula.

“One of these manipulations is a message widely circulated in the media: "82-year-old Crimean Tatar activist Vedzhie Kashka passed away after Russian law-enforcement officers carried out detentions," reads the statement on the website of the Russian embassy.

Russian diplomats told their version of the events, citing the multi-language propagandistic site Sputnik well-known for its bias, and stated that detentions are allegedly being politicized in the Crimea.

“In fact, an organization recognized as extremist in Russia, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, is engaged in blackmailing and extortion, and its victim was an honest citizen of Turkey, who fell into trouble after meeting with Vedzhie Kashka’s grandchildren,” reads the message.

Earlier, the Crimean Tatar Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of Turkey published an appeal in connection with the killing of a veteran of the Crimean Tatar National Movement Vedzhie Kashka.

The statement says that as a result of the repression carried out by the Russian authorities against the Crimean Tatars aiming to intimidate and to break the spirit of the struggle of the indigenous people, a well-known human rights defender, a veteran of the National Movement Vedzhie Kashka, died on November 23.

November 24, the Crimean Tatars paid their last respects to the heroic woman, veteran of the national movement Vedzhie Kashka, who was buried in the village of Novoklenovo (Üç Köz), where she lived in recent years.

QHA reported that people from all corners of the annexed Crimea came to the farewell ceremony for Kashka. About 5,000 inhabitants of the peninsula took part in the Muslim ceremony of the funeral.

November 23, after the searches and detentions held in the Crimea by FSB officers, the veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement Vedzhie Kashka died.

QHA prepared a video about the life and struggle of Vedzhie Kashka.

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