Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelialov said on air of Radio Krym.Realii, Censor.NET reports.
"We haven't recently registered any facts of "self-defense" groups' engagement in some acts of intimidation of the Crimean Tatars, as it happened back in 2014. In fact, they behave rather quietly and get involved in some operations only as an auxiliary force, along with the official Crimean "law enforcers." In fact, as you can see, we have found ourselves under the rule of a state which doesn't need such informal groups, while repressive functions are performed by official structures which I and my colleagues simply can no longer call law enforcers. We call them "security structures," Dzhelialov said.
He also stressed that Russia's security forces often employ repression against the citizens "of certain groups of people based on ethnic or religious affiliation."