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LVIV, Ukraine – The last straw for Enver Bekirov was when several men from a pro-Russian “self-defense group” beat him up on the street in Simferopol late on March 31, 2014, after he refused to show them his passport.

The attackers also robbed Bekirov, a Crimean Tatar, of his money and cell phone. But the police officer who attended the crime scene told Bekirov that he was the one who had provoked the fight, and the ambulance team refused to document his injuries.

That very night Bekirov, 41, and his wife Lana, 31, decided to leave Crimea.

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