The court banned the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars in Russia


The Supreme court of the Crimea satisfied the claim of Prosecutor of the Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya with a request to recognize the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar extremist organization and to ban its activities on the territory of Russia, informs Agency “Kriminform”.

Poklonskaya indicated that the activities of the Majlis is based on the fight with Russia and its leaders “use of the Crimean Tatar people as a bargaining chip”. According to her, leaders of the Majlis — “puppets in the hands of large Western puppeteers”.Also in the Crimean Prosecutor’s office stated that the organization cooperated with terrorist organizations “Gray wolves” and “Hizb-ut-Takhrir” prohibited in Russia.

In turn first Deputy Chairman of Mejlis Nariman Jelal said in court that his organization is international and is supported by organizations such as the UN and the OSCE, reports the edition “Crimea. Realities”. However, he rejected accusations of extremism.

On 13 April, the activity of the Majlis was suspended by the resolution of the Crimean Prosecutor’s office, a few days later the same decision was taken by the Ministry of justice of Russia.

“The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars” was created in 1991. In early 2014, the organization’s leadership refused to recognize the referendum on accession of Crimea to Russia and later left the territory of Russia.

In 2015, the Mejlis representatives actively participated in the economic blockade of the Crimea, during which were undermined by power lines coming to the Peninsula from the Kherson region of Ukraine.

Former and current leaders of the Mejlis Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov in January 2016 have been put on the international wanted list. The Kiev district court of Simferopol has previously adopted the decision on their correspondence arrest.