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Russian lawyer Mark Feigin predicts the increased repression against members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the occupied Crimea.

According to the lawyer, the actions of the FSB in relation to them can be reduced to one process, that he conditionally calls a "great Mejlis case".

Mark Feigin shared his opinion in an interview with the QHA news agency:

"Judging by what was happening during the last autumn-winter and literally up to the last events and anniversary of February 26, we can say that the FSB is really preparing a "great Mejlis case." And I do not think that it will be some criminal article that would allow just to intimidate. I think we are talking about more serious prosecutions under articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, for example, for terrorism or espionage (276th). I believe that such a case already exists somewhere in the depths of the FSB Directorate in the Crimea or even on the Lubyanka.”

Feigin is sure that the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people creates a huge threat to the status of the Crimea as a supposedly Russian territory. It is this Kremlin’s fear that motivates the launch of such a case.

“The Kremlin, of course, will make every effort to finally crush, disperse, destroy  the supporters of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the territory of Crimea. And they need to create a case,involving several dozen members of the Mejlis who remained in the Crimea. I believe this issue should be made public and covered in the media, anticipating this case and thus already preparing people in the Crimea to the fact that the situation can develop in the most unpredictable way.”

The lawyer believes that the fate of the "great Mejlis case" depends on the activity of international organizations and Ukraine, which have many opportunities if not to prevent, but at least to publicize the illegal actions of the occupants as much as possible.

Arguing about the possible actions of Ukraine, the lawyer stressed:

“Ukraine should provide administrative access to foreign diplomats to the Crimea from Moscow, since it is difficult for them to reach the peninsula crossing the administrative border with mainland Ukraine. Now we need to allow European and American representatives attend the courts. This may be a decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, which should adopt a list of such persons. There should be international journalists who can fly from Moscow to Simferopol, and lawyers as a special category.”

Mark Feigin went on saying that Ukraine needs to firmly raise the issue of creating a platform for determining the status of the Crimea, to settle it in accordance with the norms of international law. Such a platform can be established on the basis of the  Black Sea region countries without the participation of Russia.

In addition to these priority steps, there are many other issues requiring the active participation of the Ukrainian state, Mark Feigin said, for example, financial assistance to families of Crimean Tatar political prisoners:

“Many of them are, in my opinion, in distress, because these are families with many children, and the assistance that is being organized here is not enough. Some state aid is required as well.”

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