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On his Facebook page, Head of the Qurultai’s Central Electoral Committee Zair Smedlyaev posted a letter he received from Crimea’s Prosecutor's Office. The letter was sent in response to Smedlyaev’s query about whether or not Crimean Tatar symbols are allowed during public and sports events. Based on the response he got from the Kremlin-controlled authority, Smedlyayev concludes that Crimean Tatar symbols are allowed in occupied Crimea, which Russia considers part of its territory.

“If in doubt whether carrying a Crimean Tatar flag qualifies as terrorism, read the response from Crimea’s Prosecutor's Office! According to it, carrying a Crimean Tatar flag in Russia and elsewhere in the world is not prohibited!” wrote Zair Smedlyaev.

It was reported earlier that police officers tried to stop Head of the Qurultai’s Central Electoral Committee Zair Smedlyaev from carrying a Crimean Tatar flag to a football match between Crimean Tatar football teams last November. A video Smedlyayev posted on his Facebook page shows him holding a Crimean Tatar flag and being surrounded by several police officers.

“Police officers did not try to take away the flag from Zair Smedlyayev, nor prevent him from entering the sports facility. In doing so, the police officers did not commit any offences,” says the letter.

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