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Searches in Crimea: Russia attempts to discredit Mejlis

Refat Chubarov, the Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, stressed that the searches and detentions in Crimea are repressions and large provocations
19:40, 21 May 2018

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Russia’s Federal Security Service searches in the houses of Crimean Tatars and the accusation of extremism are an attempt to discredit the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People before the international community, which demonstrates that the occupation authorities do not want to enforce the decision of the International Court of Justice. Refat Chubarov, the Head of Mejlis, said it in the comment for 112 Ukraine.

“I assume this as the new wave of arrests and quite explosive provocations look like this all is a preparation of a terrorist attack. First of all, it is connected with the fact that this time last year in April the International Court of Justice made a decision according to which Russia has to cancel the ban on Mejlis activity immediately. A year passed, Russia did not enforce the decision, which is obligatory. Recently, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry appealed to the administrative office of the Court to get the explanation why Russia has not canceled the ban yet. I think that Russia is taking another attempt to discredit Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People before the international community,” Chubarov stated.

Related: 67 citizens of Ukraine illegally detained in annexed Crimea, - Chubarov

On his Facebook page, Chubarov stressed that the searches and detentions in Crimea are repressions and large provocations.

Besides, the representatives of Russia’s Federal Security Service announced strong statements even before the searches.

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“Without waiting till the searches of the houses of Mustafayev and Smailov, the press office of “Crimea Central Administration of the Federal Security Service” spread the information that “the officers of Russia’s Administration of the Federal Security Service in Crimea and Sevastopol detained two residents of Bakhchysarai region on suspicion of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization banned in Russia, which is “charged with commission of a crime provided in Russian Criminal Code article on participation in terrorist organization,” Chubarov stated.

As it was reported, Russia’s Federal Security Service searched the houses of two Crimean Tatars – Server Mustafayev, the founder of Crimean Solidarity, and Edem Smailov.

Related: Agitators try to show Crimeans' tolerant attitude towards Russia, - Chubarov

Later, the representative of Russia’s Federal Security Service stated that they revealed an “extremist group” in Crimea, which was allegedly created by the order of Refat Chubarov.

Criminal proceedings were opened on the creation of an “extremist organization”, on recruiting and participation in the organization.

Related: UN International Court demands that Russia accounts for living up to decision on Mejlis

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