So-called "vice prime minister" of the occupied Crimea Ruslan Balbek has told RIA Novosti that Chubarov and Dzhemilev allegedly create an image of "government in exile" by their "extremist statements" thus dragging the organization to be banned in Russia, Censor.NET reports.
"Chubarov and Dzhemilev keep making extremist statements on behalf of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, which could result in the imposition of ban on the organization by Russia. By their statements and actions, they constantly create an image of "government in exile", which they heavily exploit," Balbek said.
It should be reminded that an indefinite action to block the trucks transporting food and other goods to Crimea started Sept. 20. It was initiated by the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people, in particular Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilev.
The initiators of the blockade believe that the Ukrainian companies should stop trading with Crimea as the territory of the peninsula is occupied by the Russian Federation. According to the organizers, they will deny access for trucks heading to Crimea until their demands are fulfilled including the release of political prisoners, the cessation of pressure on independent media, unimpeded access for international observers in the territory of the peninsula, the cessation of repressions against the Crimean Tatars.
According to the coordinating board of the action, the pedestrians and passenger transport have unobstructed access through the administrative border.
Russia's "authorities" of Crimea believe that the residents of the peninsula will not be affected by the food blockade but, apparently, they are not very pleased by this non-government initiative either.