11:05 Apr. 19, 2016
Russian court on Russia-occupied peninsula declares Crimean Tatar institution extremist
A Russian court in the occupied Crimea ordered prohibition of Mejlis on April 18.
The activity of the Crimean Tatar institution was completely suspended. It is now considered an 'extremist organisation' by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.
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"Crimean Tatar Mejlis was added to the list of civil and religious organisations, which are suspended over extremist activity", reports the press-service of the Ministry.
Kremlin officials add the prohibition of Mejlis was based on the decision of the so-called Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonska. After suspension, Refat Chubarov, the head of Mejlis, bashed the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Putin has taken another step to decrease the mental distance between his and Hitler's regime which annihilated certain societies in occupied Europe", said Chubarov on Facebook.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also condemns the prohibition of the Crimean Tatar organisation.
"Suspension of Mejlis, labeling it as ‘extremist' organisation, Stalin's repressions against Crimean Tatars. Unacceptable", Ministry's spokesperson posted on Twitter.
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The court trial against Mejlis was repeatedly criticized by the European Union. E.U.'s chief of foreign policy Federica Mogherini called it "a grave attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars".
Europe is also concerned with "the deterioration of the human rights situation on the peninsula since its illegal annexation by the Russian Federation in 2014".