Crimean authorities have launched a criminal proceeding against head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov.

“I know they are opening criminal proceeding against me and someone else. I don’t know exactly, but I guess who are the others”- Chubarov said at the briefing May 5.

He also noted that Russian laws differ from those in Ukraine, emphasizing that “criminal proceedings that were launched may cause serious consequences”.

The authorities have launched hundreds of criminal cases after about 2,000 Crimean Tatars, who had gone to a border-crossing point near Armyansk to meet their leader on May 3, broke through lines of Russian troops to reach him.