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 Russia’s ban of Mejlis threatens indigenous people of Crimea, - Dzhemilev

The Mejlis members in the mainland Ukraine are going to hold meeting in the near future. The Mejlis will continue operating in the territory of Ukraine, free of occupation, with its headquarters situated in Kyiv.

Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction MP, Presidential Commissioner for the Affairs of Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"The Mejlis is not just 33 people elected in secret ballot by the Kurultai (national congress), but the whole structure of the national self-government. This includes 230 local and regional Mejlis branches with about 2,500 members. They are recognized as extremists by the invaders and they are obviously going to be persecuted. Following this logic, the people who have elected these bodies are also extremists. Russia pits the entire indigenous people of Crimea against itself," leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev said.

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The Russians are in dread of the Mejlis. They are trying to stop the activities of this organization by all means, Dzhemilev stressed.

"The Russians violated their own laws back before the "trial" by recognizing the Mejlis as the extremist organization. They think they will be able to stop the Crimean Tatar movement by such bans. It is far from reality. The Soviet authorities also prohibited the national movement of the Crimean Tatars, declared them extremists, put them in jails. The Soviet Union demised after all, while the movement of the Crimean Tatars survived. Russia faces the same destiny," Dzhemilev added.

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