Moscow has slammed the representative on freedom of the media of the OSCE, Dunja Mijatovic, for "one more groundless and openly biased press release" with "artificial anxiety at the future of the Avdet newspaper, published by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People".
It comes after Mijatovic expressed concern about the fate of Crimean Tatar Avdet newspaper-- a press organ of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, being published from June 15, 1990.
"While she calls for law and order in Crimea, Mijatovic is well aware that the Mejlis and the Avdet newspaper controlled by it, which has repeatedly been warned about the unacceptability of public appeals for extremist activities, refuse to stay within the limits of law. In the Russian Federation, the requirements of law are the same for everyone, no exceptions are allowed,"- Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"It is deplorable that such overinflated attention to the mass media of the Russian Federation and Crimea as one of its constituents parts, attention that borders on bias, is exerting a negative effect on the quality of media freedom monitoring in the rest of the OSCE member states with their glaring violations that remain outside Mijatovic's proper attention," the ministry said.
"It should be well known in the OSCE, which has fewer member countries than Russia does ethnic groups, that in our country with its rich traditions of peaceful coexistence of various peoples and religious communities there exists special sensitivity for manifestations of extremism"- the statement said.
Earlier, Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, and the Avdet office, located in the same building were raided by police. The stuff was given 24 hours to evacuate the building.
Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, after local referendum on region’s status was conducted.