‘The situation concerning the hate language used by the Russian mass media in the annexed Crimea, towards the Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, keeps on getting worse’, Resident Representative of the Ukrainian President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korinevich reported.

‘As the Russian Federation started occupying Crimea, there was the eruption of the hate language in the Crimean mass media. It was directed mainly against the ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, the members of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar nation of Crimea, and journalists. Crimean Tatars, the representatives of the native people of Crimea are mostly depicted as radical Islamists and extremists, and their representative authority, i.e. the Majlis of the Crimean Tatars, is painted as extremist organization. The Muslims are constantly compared to terrorists. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are also considered as an extremist organization. The Crimean episcopate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is exposed to the constant administrative and judicial pressure of the occupying authorities’, reported Mr. Korinevich.

He also noted that the hate language is mostly used in the news as well as in the informational and analytical programmes broadcasted on the central Russian channels and also on the territory of annexed Crimea. So it is on the websites of the Crimean mass media including the websites of the public authorities controlled by the Russian government of the peninsula.