Crimean Tatar Avdet newspaper, which has served as a press organ of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people for 10 years, has appleaded to Roskomnadzor -- Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media -- to register under the Russian laws.
“Yes, we are going to register. If we are not registered, we will be excluded from the list of Crimean Media”- chief editor of the newspaper Shevket Kaybullaev said, adding that the Avdet should retain its analytical focus and opposite views towards the government.
“We are publishing not the news, but, mostly, materials on politics. I suppose that the newspaper should retain its subject. The Avdet will always be a kind of opposition to the government”- He noted.
Earlier, the Avdet newspaper, which boycotted the referendum to join Russia, was threatened with a ban on registering as a business under Russian law.
The paper’s office was attacked and flash drives, a hard drive and a computer were confiscated by policemen. As for the chief editor Kaybullaev was accused of publishing extremist materials.