Raids, interrogations and criminal investigations against Crimean Tatars by Russian authorities and law enforcers are supposed to make the Crimea’s indigenous people leave the peninsula. That’s according to Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Crimean Tatars’ religious leader and Ukrainian MP, who is quoted by news organization Krym.Realii.
“They (pro-Russian government of Crimea) are trying to scare people and make them keep silence. There’s another goal, to make ethnic Crimean Tatars leave the peninsula. Just like in the Stalinist era of the USSR, they want to have ethnically pure, “purely Russian” Crimea. The occupants fear Crimean Tatars so much they don’t even honor any norms or laws”, Dzhemilev said.