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 "I don't consider Crimea part of Russia, and they apparently see it as my guilt," - Umerov about FSB's charges

Russia's Federal Security Service has officially issued a notice of suspicion of extremism to Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, while he does not plead guilty.

Umerov announced it on air of 112 Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.

"I have been charged with threatening Russia's territorial integrity," Umerov said.

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Umerov recalled that it was about a criminal case opened over a TV show. This spring, while in Ukraine, he made a speech on air of ATR station, allegedly calling for the violation of Russia's territorial integrity.

"So far, after consulting with a lawyer, we have refused to testify. It is necessary to recall the show in question. I haven't watched this show yet. I have to find it on the Internet, watch it, and prepare for the process. I don't feel guilty, and I have no claims against the Russian Federation. If they wish, let them exist for as long as they can, but I do not see Crimea as part of Russia, and they apparently see it as my guilt. I believe that the referendum was held illegally, the accession and all that followed was illegal," the politician said.

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Umerov noted he was going to look through charges and start preparing for the process starting tomorrow.
 
 
 
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