The decision to suspend the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the occupied Crimea reminds the Soviet period, when the national movements were banned, Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of the Crimean Tatars, Commissioner of Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatars Affairs and Ukrainian MP, said in his interview with Gordon edition.
“There is the same as during the Soviet era - the national movement was forbidden; we were declared anti-Soviet elements and extremists destroying the Soviet reality. But, nevertheless, the national movement acted as the Soviet Union ceased to exist. The same thing will happen with the Russian Federation,” said Jemilev.
The leader of the Crimean Tatars believes that the occupation authorities of Crimea are afraid of the Mejlis, and therefore they decided to suspend its activities on the peninsula. He also notes that despite this, almost all the Crimean Tatars now support their main representative body.
“I think that we have a high level of support (98%). Even the Russians, who live in Crimea, are saying: "Now, our hope is in you, the Crimean Tatars." So, of course, the occupation "authorities" of the peninsula are afraid, the Leader of the Crimean Tatars noted.
Mustafa Jemilev also recalled that the prohibition of the Mejlis activities is a violation of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation.
“They are so afraid of the Mejlis that even violate their own procedural rules. There is no such a rule – suspension of an organization activity before the trail – in their Criminal Procedure Code. But, apparently, their fear is so great that they even went there. I do not think this is reasonable. Just the contrary, it shows their weakness,” he said.
It was reported earlier that the self-proclaimed "Crimean Prosecutor" Natalia Poklonskaya made a decision "to suspend the activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars" referring to the articles 9 and 10 of the Federal Law "On Countering Extremist Activity." The decision of the "Prosecutor's Office of Crimea" was sent to the Russia’s Ministry of Justice for its inclusion in the general list of public and religious associations, whose activities are suspended in the territory of the Russian Federation and in occupied Crimea.