(QHA) -

Nongovernmental organizations in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan have nominated the veteran leader of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Jemilev, for the Nobel Peace Prize, RFE/RL reports.

The organizations’ leaders told that Jemilev, a dissident who was imprisoned by the Soviets over his campaign for the rights of Crimean Tatars, deserves the prize because of his insistence on a peaceful resolution of ethnic issues.

Groups supporting Dzhemilev's Nobel nomination include the Council of Tatarstan Elderlies, the Tatarstan National Assembly, Tatarstan's Anti-Nuclear Association, the Muslim Women's Association, and others.

The groups have sent joint letters to the Nobel Prize committee and the Ukrainian government and intellectuals, asking them to support Jemilev's nomination.

Crimean Tatar leader was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and 2011.

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