Head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
"Analysis of information coming from Crimea uncovers a large-scale special operation conducted by the Russian FSB on the occupied peninsula. Its goal is to trigger new wave of arrests of the national movement activists and cast shadow upon the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people," he wrote.
Chubarov added that the role of the instigator was played either willingly or at gunpoint by a Turkey citizen Yusuf Aytanu who earlier earned trust of Vedzhie Kashka's family.
"As usual in Russian-occupied Crimea, simultaneously with the beginning of searches the Russian state-owned media started generating fake news designed to justify the Russian invaders' crackdown on the Crimean Tatars and, at the same time, demonize the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people," he wrote.
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