The US state Department refused to recognize the ban on the activities of the Crimean Tatars in Russia
The United States refused to recognize the decision of the Supreme court to ban the activities of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars on the territory of Russia. The corresponding statement the representative of US state Department Mark Toner published on the Agency’s website.
“We refuse to consider the Majlis the extremist organization and condemn the ban on the activities of this democratic institution. This decision is particularly disturbing because of the systematic and unjust persecution of the Crimean Tatars in Russia,” said Toner.
According to American policy, occur in the Russian Federation illegal arrests of Crimean Tatars, kidnapping, politically biased investigation, restriction of freedoms and police raids on their homes and mosques. “We call on Russia to end these unacceptable actions immediately,” the statement stresses.
In conclusion, Toner said that the United States refused to recognize Moscow’s attempt to “Annex” Crimea, and urged Russia to regain control of the Peninsula to Ukraine, otherwise the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Washington will remain in place.
The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars was banned on April 26 the Supreme court of the Crimea as an extremist organization on the claim of the Prosecutor of the Republic Natalia Poklonskaya, who accused the leaders of the Mejlis of extremist activities, including the organization of the energy blockade of the Peninsula and riots.
The Prosecutor of the Crimea Natalia Polonskaya stated that the organization, “which allegedly protects the interests of the Crimean Tatars”, actually is a hazard and endangers the life and health of people and the activities of state bodies.
USA in April urged Russia to cancel the decision of the Ministry of justice on the recognition of the Mejlis an extremist organization. “The Majlis for a long time is a representative body of the historically oppressed Crimean Tatar people”, – noted in a statement. As consider in Washington, the Majlis allowed to preserve the culture of the Crimean Tatars and to protect them from discrimination.”