Monday, February 15, 2016

Kremlin-Backed Prosecutor In Crimea Seeks Closure Of Tatar Mejlis & classify as 'Extremist organization'.

Mustafa Dzhemilev (Left) next to Turkish pres Erdogan.

Kremlin-Backed Prosecutor In Crimea Seeks Closure Of Tatar Mejlis & classify as 'Extremist organization'. (RFerL).

The prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has filed a request with that territory's Supreme Court to ban the Crimean Tatars' self-governing body, the Mejlis.

The Mejlis has refused to recognize Russia's forced annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine nearly two years ago and played a key role in the consolidation of efforts on behalf of Crimean Tatars.

Natalya Poklonskaya signed the request on February 15 to brand the Mejlis "an extremist organization," Russian news agencies reported.

The reports say Poklonskaya handed a copy of the legal challenge to a leader of the Mejlis, Nariman Celal, the same day.

Many Crimean Tatars fled Crimea during or after its military seizure by Russia in early 2014, and others who remained have complained of harassment or even disappearances under the Moscow-backed authorities on the peninsula.

Poklonskaya's move comes four days after the Russian authorities who control Crimea arrested several Crimean Tatars on suspicion of belonging to Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist political organization that is banned across Central Asia and Russia.

Crimean Tatars activists rejected the charges, saying that they were politically motivated. Read the full story here.

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