Russia interferes with religions, confessions in Crimea, - mufti Ismagilov

Source : 112 Ukraine

People can be deprived of work, opportunities to receive education and be threatened for refusing to cooperate with the "authorities"
15:10, 3 October 2017

Mufti of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine UMAA Said Ismagilov believes that Muslims in the annexed Crimea who refuse to cooperate with the Russian authorities are put under pressure. Ismagilov said this on air of Radio Krym.Realities.

"If a person does not want to cooperate with the Russian authorities in the Crimea, the same thing can happen to him as with Renat Paralamov. People can be deprived of work, denied access to education, they can be threatened, and they can eventually be arrested, sentenced, put in jail. The choice of the repressive apparatus is enormous, "Ismagilov said.

In his opinion, Russia on purpose interferes in the affairs of religions and religious confessions.

"If Muslims support Russian views and are ready for everything they are told by politicians, such Muslims will not be persecuted. Russia intervenes in the affairs of religions, but democratic states minimize government interference in religious affairs. Russia maximizes interference in the affairs of confessions," mufti said.

Related: 30 ships, mostly Russian illegally enter Crimean ports in September

As it was reported earlier 48 Crimean Tatars jailed for the political reasons in annexed Crimea. Chairman of Crimean Tatars Mejlis, MP Refat Chubarov claimed this at the morning plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada on October 3.

The MPs stood up with the sheets of papers with the names of the political prisoners at his request. According to Chubarov, the situation with human rights sharply deteriorated.

He noted that only recently four Crimean Tatars Taliat Abdurakhmanov, Renat Suleimanov, Arsen Kubedinov and Seiran Mustafaev were detained. They are accused of the membership in the religious and extremist organization.

Related: FSB detained "wanted" Ukrainian in occupied Crimea

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