SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Natalya Poklonskaya, General Prosecutor of Crimea, is surprised why Refat Chubarov, Mejlis Chairman, is in no hurry to visit Crimea after his entry ban has been lifted.

“We met the request of international human rights organizations and let Refat Chubarov enter Crimea. However, he is no hurry to go back home,” writes Poklonskaya nicknamed ‘Nyash Myash’ by Internet users.

According to Poklonskaya, ‘a number of international dignitaries wrote stacks of letters to her’ asking to lift an entry ban for Chubarov.

“They asked us not to violate Chubarov’s rights and let him come to Crime because he wants to be where his homeland is. And so we lifted the ban. Well, what’s stopping him from coming to his homeland now? I guess, he is either afraid or wants to get an award in Ukraine. He has changed his mind about coming to his homeland,” she said.

However, Poklonskaya forgot to mention something she referred to in her previous statements, which is that the Mejlis Chairman faces arrest upon entering Crimea.

It was reported earlier that under a verdict handed down by Simferopol’s Kiev District Court on October 6, 2015, Chubarov, as a person ‘charged with committing a crime defined in Section 2 of Article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public incitement to actions aimed at breaching territorial integrity of the Russian Federation) was to spend 2 months under home arrest, a sentence he is to start serving upon his extradition to the Russian Federation or detention in the Russian Federation’.

Chubarov was prevented from entering Crimea on July 5, 2014, when he was returning from the town of Genichesk and trying to pass through a checkpoint in the village of Chongar. Back then, Poklonskaya read a 2,5-page document accusing Chubarov of extremism. 

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