Russian President Vladimir Putin paid official two-day visit to Crimea August 13-14, to held meeting with members of Russian State Duma.
When meeting with cultural workers of Crimea, Putin was asked about the recent bans on Crimean Tatar leaders on entry Crimea, still the President rode off on a side issue.
When the director of Bakhchisaray Historical and Cultural Preserve Elmira Ablyalimova complained about the bans imposed against Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev and Mejlis head Refat Chubarov on entry Crimea, Putin said: “We will work with all those who wish well to peoples of Russia, including Crimean Tatars living in the Crimea. Still we will not work with those who speculate on the problems of the past and make money using the PR”.
Putin also said that he is not a supporter of such bans, and he stands for dialogues, but mentioned that “no one should parasitize on the issues of the past, but should think about the future and arrange the work positively”.
Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev and head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov were banned from entering Crimea for 5 years.
Same ban was imposed against Crimean News Agency coordinator Ismet Yuksel.
All of them were accused of inciting interethnic hatred and extremist activity.