SIMFEROPOL (QHA) - Case of the controversial Memory Book of Eastern Crimea “Asked to remember” by Vladimir and Maria Shirshovs is sent for additional investigation. Head of the legal department of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Teyfuk Gafarov said this to QHA agency. Gafarov represented the plaintiff – head of Mejlis Refat Chubarov in the court. On January 9, Kirovskiy district court examined the issue of illegal closure of criminal proceedings concerning incitement of ethnic hatred in the Shirshovs’ book “Asked to remember”. Teyfuk Gafarov said that the case about the controversial book will be transferred back to the police, where they will conduct further investigations. “The court considered our arguments sufficient, the complaint of deputy Refat Chubarov was satisfied. The court overturned the decision of investigator. The case will be transferred back to the police for further investigations, in which we will participate actively by attracting historians and gathering additional historical materials. We will demand new expertise based on these materials,” said Gafarov. As reported by us earlier, memory book of Eastern Crimea “Asked to remember” by Vladimir and Maria Shirshov that justifies deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea in 1944 and contains xenophobic statements was published in Kirovskiy district of Crimea on the district’s budget funds. According to its authors, Vladimir and Maria Shirshovs, the book should attain the status of a textbook. With that purpose, the book was disseminated in schools and libraries of Kirovskiy district. Criminal investigation was initiated according to part 1 of article 161 of Ukrainian Criminal Code – inciting interethnic hatred. On August 12, 2013 during a protest meeting in Kirovskiy district it was decided to send the book for a legal expertise. The Crimean Prosecutor’s office sent the book to one of Donetsk Institutes. The expertise found no xenophobia in the book.

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