The decision to fine Crimea Fund and its head Riza Shevkiyev is a chain of measures aimed at liquidation of the Fund, head of the Fund Riza Shevkiev said to QHA correspondent.

Shevkiyev’s announcement comes after Crimean court made a decision to impose 4,5 mln rubles fine on the Crimea Fund and 350,000 rubles fine on Shevkiyev.

“It was the scenario we have supposed it to be. We all knew what would be the court’s decision. Crimea fund was accused of granting the building on lease to the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and Crimean Tatar newspaper Avdet without a consent of the Crimean Committee for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. They also accused the Fund of conducting repairing works at the attic-floor room. These were the arguments for the court to make such decision” – Shevkiyev said.

Meanwhile, deputy chairman of Crimean Parliament Remzi Ilyasov, former Mejlis member, said he would help Crimea Fund to maintain the building only if he was asked to.

To recall, the Mejlis building in Simferopol which is owned by the Crimea Fund was surrounded on Sept 16 by armed men while FSB officers carried out a 12-hour-search of the entire building.  The next day bailiffs turned up and ordered the Crimea Fund, Mejlis and the editorial offices of the Avdet newspaper to vacate the building within 24 hours

Simferopol court Nov 18 made a decision to fine Crimean charitable organization “Crimea Fund” 4,5 mln rubles. The director of the fund Riza Shevkiev was imposed 350,000 rubles fine.

Riza Shevkiev said he would appeal to European Court of Human Rights to challenge this decision.