Russia detains Crimean Tatars for Red Square protest | AFP

Russian police detains seven Crimean Tatars on Red Square as they hold up posters protesting against the persecution of the Muslim ethnic group on the peninsula. The indigenous community has largely opposed Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and the protest comes on the eve of a Supreme Court hearing for four Crimean Tatars convicted of plotting an uprising. A group of around 18 men stood in line on the cobbled square holding posters, including photographs of prisoners and slogans such as “End repressions” and “Our children are not terrorists”.

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Right Sector Blockade: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 111)

In September, Crimea’s ethnic Muslim minority, the Crimean Tatars, and the radical right-wing organization known as Right Sector set up a blockade on several highways leading into Crimea to stop food and other supplies from entering the Russia-occupied peninsula of Ukraine.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to the roadblocks near Crimea and spoke with the organizers to find out why they had taken these controversial measures, which could potentially have humanitarian consequences for residents of Crimea, including the Crimean Tatars themselves.

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Who Killed the Former Russian Spy?: VICE News Capsule, January 27

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Another sign of Russia’s crackdown on the Crimean Tatars, Egypt convicts doctor of manslaughter in first FGM trial, UK launches public inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent, and scientists prepare a group of water fleas for a mission into space.

CRIMEA
Russian Forces Storm Independent Television Station
Dozens of armed, masked men raided the offices of ATR in Simferopol. They confiscated archival footage of a 2014 demonstration against the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula, and shut down nearly all the station’s broadcast operations.

EGYPT
Country’s First-Ever Female Genital Mutilation Conviction
Dr. Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years for manslaughter and three months for carrying out FGM on 13-year-old Suhair Al-Batea.

UNITED KINGDOM
Public Inquiry Launched Into Death of Former Russian Spy
Officials hope to determine once and for all if Russia can be implicated in the death of Alexander Litvinenko, who was killed by radiation poisoning in November 2006.

SPACE
Water Fleas Prepared for Special One-Month Mission
Astronauts will observe the swimming and breeding patterns of the creatures daily for signs of stress. Scientists hope their findings will help them understand how humans would react under the same conditions.

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