Russia shuts down restaurant in occupied Crimea for playing Ukrainian song, forces DJ to “apoligize”

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Emine Dzheppar, the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, reports that the occupation authorities of Crimea shut down the restaurant arpat in Bakhchysarai, where the Ukrainian patriotic song “Oi u luzi chervona kalyna” was played at a Crimean Tatar wedding. The occupiers also identify the persons who attended the event, Ms. Dzhepopar says.

Previously, a Russian collaborator shared a video on social media showing people at a wedding in Crimea dance to the Ukrainian patriotic song Chervona Kalyna on 10 September:

The song has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance against Russian aggression.

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The viral video caused a backlash from the occupation authorities of Crimea. On September 12, the Russian-installed head of occupied Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, threatened with criminal liability the participants of weddings at which Ukrainian songs were played:

Later a video of the “public apology” of DJ Akhtem Hemeji, who played the Ukrainian song at the wedding in the Russian-occupied Crimean city of Bakhchysarai, emerged online. In the forced apology, the DJ said,

“I sincerely apologize to the citizens of Russia and Crimea for this fact. I support the Russians, I support all Crimeans and all nationalities,” he said in the video calling for “peace and harmony.”


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