Russian Justice Ministry suspends activity of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

On Monday, the Russian Ministry of Justice added the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People to the list of organizations that are suspended on the territory of the Russian Federation due to “extremist activity”, Interfax reported.

The Ministry noted that the organization was included on the list on the basis of Russian-Crimean Prosecutor General Natalia Poklonskaya’s decision to suspend the activities of the public association on the annexed peninsula.

As explained by the Prosecutor General, the Mejlis is prohibited from using media, holding public events, and “in general carrying out any work.”

"Their whole propaganda is prohibited,” Poklonskaya stated.

In February, the Russian-Crimean Prosecutor’s Office initiated a lawsuit to completely ban the activities of the Mejlis. The lawsuit is currently pending.

The Mejlis is a national congress and the highest representative authority of the Crimean Tatars.

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