A political analyst and journalist Vitaly Portnikov said that currently Crimea goes full blast discussing the creation of a representative body, but not a public an organization in order "to replace the Mejlis."
- This is necessary since the Mejlis cannot be replaced by any non-governmental organization, they need a representative body. That is, a real National Congress of the Crimean Tatars can be held, and, most likely, with the "right people" gathered at it in order to take "right decisions," he said.
According to the analyst, there will be even no need in the CEC to replace the Mejlis.
- The fake Mejlis will be established, but the fate of its members is to be outsiders, not otherwise. For Kiselev even the promotion of this artificial Mejlis will be enough, but not for the Crimean Tatars. After Crimea is returned to Ukraine, the followers of Aksyonov and Konstantinov will have to either ingloriously flee to Russia or face a decent life in Ukrainian jails, said Portnikov.
According to the political analyst, in any case the leaders of the fake "Mejlis" head for everlasting contempt of their own people, wherever they flee.
On April 26, the Russia’s Court in Crimea delivered a verdict in the Mejlis case, recognizing it an extremist organization and banning its activities in Russia, including Crimea. In her accusatory speech, Natalia Poklonskaya, the so-called “Crimea’s Prosecutor General,” accused the Mejlis of being “an extremist organization cooperating with the West and having links to terrorist organizations.”
As a proof of the Mejlis’s extremist activities, the Russian court admitted into evidence ‘Protest in the Woods’ article by Mustafa Dzhemilev, published in 1988. According to Mejlis Chairman Refat Chubarov, international organizations, including the United Nations, will respond to the banning of the Mejlis in Russia-occupied Crimea by taking relevant actions.
Nariman Dzhelyal, Mejlis First Deputy Chairman, said at the court hearing on April 26 that international organizations, such as the UN, the OSCE, the Turkish government, the United States and the European Union expressed their support for the Mejlis.
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