Man in Simferopol Sets Himself on Fire in Protest of 'Russian Lawlessness'

StoryfulNewsPublished: August 3, 2018
Published: August 3, 2018

Vatan Karabash, a Crimean Tatar activist, set himself on fire on August 3 in the Crimean capital of Simferopol to protest against the “lawlessness” of Russian authorities, according to news reports. Crimean Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group with the largest numbers currently residing in Crimea, the Ukraine and Turkey, were protesting Russian plans to build an apartment building on Tatar lands. RFE/RL reported that Karabash says, “This is a protest against lawlessness [by the authorities] which is taking place now against us. This is an act of self-immolation” immediately before setting himself alight. Witnesses surrounded him and extinguished the flames. Reports said his wounds were not fatal, but his condition is unknown. Credit: RFE/RL via Storyful

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