The veteran leader of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Jemilev, has been briefly detained by Russian border guards while entering Crimea from mainland Ukraine April 19.
 
Mr. Jemilev and head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov were held at the Chonhar checkpoint for about an hour before Russian border guards finally allowed them to enter the peninsula.
 
He said supporters travelled to the administrative boundary in some 50 cars with Ukrainian and Tatar flags to meet the two leaders.
 
According to Jemilev, the border guards confiscated his and Chubarov's travel documents and had a telephone conversation about the incident, "most likely with Moscow."
 
Jemilev has reiterated his stance that Crimea is a part of Ukraine and his nation sees its future within the independent state of Ukraine.

QHA