Mustafa Dzhemilev, famous Soviet dissident and long-standing leader of Crimean Tatars, will deliver a speech at the upcoming session of the UN Security Council in New York next Friday (Radio Liberty).
According to the politician, Russia intends to shut down the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, since it allegedly threatens Russia’s territorial integrity, whereas the Mejlis considers occupation of Crimea illegal. “That is, all the countries that supported the respective UN resolution became criminals - in Russia’s view”, Dzhemilev said.
Last month, the so-called Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea filed a lawsuit aiming to shut down the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. The activists in Crimea and mainland Ukraine reacted immediately; in particular, Refat Chubarov, the leader of the Mejlis, said Russia tries to legitimate the descent-based discrimination in Crimea.