The so-called Chairman of the State Committee on Interethnic Relations and Deported Citizens of Crimea, Zaur Smirnov said that there are no preconditions for speculation over the Crimean Tatar issue in Crimea, reports the Russian news agency RIA Crimea.
- No one will play the Crimean Tatar card anymore. We will keep order in Crimea. The Crimean Tatars are presented not only in the government entities: as of now they are not deprived of a possibility to create structures that will represent them in public and political life. Currently, we have close to ten similar organizations. We know a social movement "Qırım," "Qırım Birligi," an organization "Inkishaf," the Crimean Tatar national-cultural autonomy was represented as well. Today, these organizations have the highest possible powers, said Zaur Smirnov.
Despite such statements by collaborators, the international human rights organizations constantly report on the deteriorating situation with human rights in Crimea following Russia's annexation. In particular, this applies to the Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian population living on the peninsula.
April 19, by the order of the Crimean Prosecutor's Office the Russian investigators searched the house of a Crimean journalist Nicholay Semena. Following that the FSB took him for questioning to the city of Simferopol. As part of the case against Nicholay Semena, the Security Forces raided the Crimean journalists at seven addresses in the cities of Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta.
The Ukrainian government strongly condemned such actions by the Crimean illegal authorities, while the OSCE Spokeswoman on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic voiced concern over the situation with freedom of speech in Crimea.