: Russian court bans Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Politics17:34 Apr. 26, 2016

Russian court bans Crimean Tatar Mejlis

The institution is declared "extremist organisation"

The Russian court has banned Crimean Tatar Mejlis on the occupied peninsula. It has been declared "an extremist organisation". Its activity is now completely forbidden, including publications in mass media, organising public events and using bank accounts.

It is stated the verdict may be appealed during the next 30 days. 

"We will appeal against the prohibition and will look for any possibility to bring this case to the European Court", Mejlis leader and Ukraine's MP Mustafa Dzhemilev posted on Facebook.

Read also Crimean Tatar leader calls for extraordinary UN Security Council meeting as Mejlis banned

Earlier the Russian Ministry of Justice also included Mejlis on the list of 'extremist organisations'. It followed a decision to ban the institution's leaders from entering the peninsula.

Read also: Dzhemilev: 22 people reported missing in Crimea, primarily Crimean Tatars

The Kremlin's attempts to prohibit Mejlis have been repeatedly slammed by the Western states. European officials have called the trial "a grave attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars". The initiators of the prohibition are now under criminal investigation in Ukraine.

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