A human rights activist, activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement Sinaver Kadyrov is convinced that the decision to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is a provocative attempt by Russian authorities to discredit the image of the Crimean Tatar national movement posing it as the Islamic extremism in Crimea.

- Do not forget that one of the basic principles of our national movement is a non-violent form of struggle. The main thing here is not go to extremes, and they ("the Crimean authorities" - Ed.) are trying to discredit the image of the Crimean Tatar national movement replacing it with some Islamic extremism. In this matter, much depends on the assistance of the international community. Increasing pressure on Russia would help alleviate the situation of the Crimean people, a former Mejlis member told in comments to a QHA correspondent.

Sinaver Kadyrov is sure that Russia will not create pseudo-governments of the Crimean Tatars, but simply allocates them a quota in the local occupation authorities and will seek to legitimize it.

- A similar situation is with the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization, which is banned in Russia. Everyone who falls into this category, even relatives of those involved, is persecuted. But here they do not have to prove the involvement of all Mejlis members into the organization since almost everyone knows the names, they all acted in public, said Sinaver Kadyrov.

April 18, 2016 the RF Ministry of Justice put the "Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People" on a list of public and religious organizations banned due to extremist activity.