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May 23, activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement Rustem Mennanov was summoned to the police station of the Ichkinsky (Sovetski) district of the Crimea. The Crimean Tatar was accused of "abuse of freedom of the mass information" for the post congratulating Mustafa Dzhemilev on his birthday, published in November 2016, according to report of Nariman Dzhelal on Facebook.

Dzhelal informed that in fact the Crimean Tatar is accused of referring to the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, which is recognized as an extremist organization in the territory of the Russian Federation and in the occupied Crimea.

“Today the activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement Rustem Mennanov was summoned to the Sovetsky district police department. He is imputed an administrative offense under Part 2. Art. 13.15 of the RF Code of Administrative Offences - Abuse of freedom of mass information. In fact, he is accused of mentioning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, which activity is subject to judicial interdiction in the Russian Federation, in a post congratulating leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev to his birthday, in November 2016,” he wrote.

Rustem Mennanov refused to sign the protocol, causing the ROVD officer to summon witnesses. The protocol will be submitted to the court.

Later, the activist said that in a conversation with him the police department official made a reservation, mentioning that "the task was imposed from above."

QHA