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Nikolay Svanidze, member of the Presidential Council for Human Rights, has call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to begin a dialogue with Crimean Tatars. Svanidze has raised this topic during a meeting of members of the Presidential Council for Human Rights Tuesday, Rosbalt reports.

According to Svanidze, the situation of Crimean Tatars is difficult.

“They [Crimean Tatars] are oppressed and there is no dialogue between Crimean Tatars and central authorities, only an imitation of the dialogue”- he said, emphasizing that he has already urged Russian authorities to begin a real dialogue with their representative bodies, in particular the Mejlis.

“It may be difficult still it (the Mejlis) is real representative body (of Crimean Tatars). I do not see any other variant”- Svanidze stressed, adding that “Crimean Tatars in a nation that deserves respect”.

A we earlier reported, police has raided central office of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, seized its property and demanded to evacuate the building.

Earlier Crimean authorities had banned Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev and Mejlis head Refat Chubarov from entering Crimea for 5 years. Both were accused of “being engaged in extremist activity”.

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