SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Head of Crimean Council of Ministers Anatoly Mogilev believes that recent arson mosque attacks in Crimea and the attack on the car of the ex-head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev are not links of one chain, but coincidence. He said this during a press conference in Simferopol.

“Police is involved in disclosure of these crimes; prosecutor’s office keeps the process under control. People of different nationalities work both in police and prosecutor’s office. Thus, it is an absurd to say that these crimes are not being disclosed deliberately, on the national basis; it is illogical”, said head of Crimean Council of Ministers.

Mogilev also refuted the suggestion that many crimes, mosques arsons in particular are not disclosed at the ‘order from above’:

“If we talk about attacks on Muslim and Christian cemeteries, we encounter many more acts of vandalism at Christian cemeteries. It is illogical to impute ‘national flavor’ to each accident. Offenders break windshields in cars of Slavs as well… We should not explain crimes from the national viewpoint. Crime has no nationality”.

Mogilev also noted that the number of crimes committed by Jews, Crimean Tatars, Russians and Ukrainians roughly corresponds to their proportions in total population.

As reported, on the eve of the Muslim holiday Kurban Bayram, two Crimean mosques were set on fire. On October 13, the Crimean Tatar mosque-madrasa in Saki town of Crimea was set on fire. In the morning of October 15, on the first day of Kurban Bayram the room of imam in the mosque of Rovnoye village in Krasnogvardeyskiy district was also set on fire.

Also, in Simferopol, unidentified people smashed windshield of the car of People’s Deputy of Ukraine and ex-head of Mejlis Mustafa Jemilev. The incident occurred at night of November 10, at the parking lot near the office of Mustafa Jemilev. Jemilev himself was in his office at that time. Police holds investigation.

QHA