SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Simferopol Regional Mejlis, which for many years was located on 20, Chekhov Street, remained without office as well as the Crimean Tatar newspaper ‘Avdet’, according to Nariman Jelal, the First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

- On the morning of July 15, 2016, which was the ‘Avdet’ newspaper’s anniversary, a former member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and currently a Deputy Head of the Simferopol Administration Teyfuk Gafarov accompanied, apparently, by the workers deliberately spoiled the office door lock. As a result, the newspaper's employees and members of the regional Mejlis were not able to enter the office. Later, the lock was even replaced with a new one – reads the message on Nariman Jelal’s Facebook page.

He also noted that earlier facade and some windows of the office building had been damaged, and once a huge pile of the removed asphalt had been placed in front of the entrance on the day of the Mejlis session.

Simferopol Regional Mejlis managed to receive this office from the city authorities with difficulty in the mid 90s and handed it over to Muftiat (Crimean Muslim religious authorities).

During the revolution years in the beginning of XX century, the Muslim Executive Committee had its place of operation in this building, it also was a place where Mufti and a prominent political figure Noman Çelebicihan worked. For many years the Regional Mejlis, with the support of academic intelligentsia, have been seeking the opportunity to install an appropriate commemorative plaque on the building. But the plaque didn't get a chance to be installed due to the occupation of the peninsula followed by ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the territory of Russia and Crimea.

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