18:43 Jul. 28, 2016
Refat Chubarov comments on recent changes to occupied Crimea status
The change in Crimea status within Russia means the peninsula is going to be a subject of Russian "unified state policy". Moscow is going to "clear up" the region until it meets the standards of the so-called Russian world, says Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov.
President Putin terminated the "Crimean Federal District" within Russia and integrated it into the Southern Federal District with the administrative center in Rostov-on-Don.
"This move indicates that Russian leadership plans to treat Crimea as every other Russian region where unified state policy is applied. It means ethnic, historic and cultural diversity in the region will exist as a cover until Crimea is cleared up to meet the "Russian world" standards", Chubarov posted on Facebook.
"Dark days are looming on Russian horizon", Chubarov added.
"Nowadays everyone knows what these "Russian standards" are and where Putin thinks they end", he stated.
Crimea was an autonomous region within Ukraine until Russia was illegally seized by Russia in March 2014. Kyiv and the West have called on Moscow to withdraw from the peninsula in accordance with the international law.
Human right groups have slammed the Kremlin's policy towards dissidents in the region, saying Russia persecuted Crimean activists, who did not agree with the occupation.