MOSCOW (QHA) -

Russian lawyer Nikolay Polozov commented on the decision by the Supreme Court to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the territory of the Russian Federation.

It means one thing - the Russian authorities’ repression against the Crimean Tatars in Crimea will continue with renewed vigor. A new hammer of repression will hit those members of the Crimean Tatar representative body who stayed in Crimea, Polozov wrote on Facebook.

He also recalled those Crimean Tatars who are held in prisons in the territory of the Russia- annexed peninsula.

Let me remind you, it is the second year the authorities of the Russian Federation have been holding the Mejlis deputy chairman Ahtem Chiygoz in the detention center. The criminal proceedings against the other Mejlis deputy chairman Ilmi Umerov are also going on, wrote Polozov.

The lawyer expressed confidence that the other Mejlis members can share the same fate in the near future.

Those who keep in touch with them, who express an active personal position that is different from the opinion of the Russian authorities and the Crimean collaborators, are also at risk. It’ll only get worse, wrote Polozov.

September, 29 the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal against "The prohibition of the Mejlis", thereby banning its activities in Russia and in the occupied Crimea.

April, 26 the so-called Supreme Court of the Crimea banned the Mejlis activity in the territory of the Russian Federation and in the captured Crimean peninsula as well.

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