MOSCOW (QHA) -

Following Crimean unification with Russia Crimean Tatars “got what they did not even dream about, being part of Ukraine”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his interview to Russian ITAR-TASS news agency.

“No doubt that a group of Crimean Tatars, especially the governors of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people expresses displeasure about Crimea’s unification with Russia. Still Crimean Tatar people got what they never dream about, being part of Ukraine, I mean the status of Crimean Tatar language and land amnesty”.

“Our country prevented bloodshed in Crimea, prevented it from Maidan [Euromaidan revolution in Kyiv,-ed.] and the war that broke out in East-Ukraine” – Lavrov added.

Lavrov also noted that “some issues that add tensions between Crimean Tatars and other Crimea residents are being settled”.

The homes of Muslims in Crimea and Crimean madrassas (religious schools) are repeatedly searched by police for weapons and banned literature-- a number of Islamic religious books that under Ukrainian law were deemed legal.

Russia annexed Crimea in March, following Crimean referendum on peninsula’s status, a move that is not recognized by Kyiv and Western countries.

Note:The Federal List of Extremist Materials was compiled by the Russian Ministry of Justice on July 14, 2007 and contained 1,058 items as of December 25, 2011. Producing, storing or distributing the materials on the list is an offense in Russia.

Some Islamic books that have been banned include the work of popular 20th century Turkish scholar Said Nursi and the famous 'Fortress of the Muslim' book of supplications of the Prophet Muhammad, which was collected by ancient Muslim scholar Saeed bin Ali bin Wahf Al-Qahtani. A certain biography of the Prophet Muhammad is also banned.

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