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Russia-controlled prosecutor suspends Crimean Tatar Majlis

Crimean Tatars continue to face persecution.

Russia-controlled prosecutor suspends Crimean Tatar Majlis
Natalya Poklonska
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Russia-controlled Crimean prosecutor Natalya Poklonska on Wednesday, 13 April issued an order to suspend the activity of the Crimean Tatar self-styled government Majlis, the Russian news agency TASS said the same day.

"Today I took a decision to suspend the activity of the public association ‘Majlis of the Crimean Tatar People’ in order to prevent violations of the federal laws," Poklonska told TASS.

She added: "The rights of the public association are suspended. The association is banned from using any and all state and municipal media, it cannot hold various public mass events, use bank accounts or conduct any type of work. All its propaganda will be prohibited."

The ruling will be valid until Crimea’s supreme court decides on Poklonska’s lawsuit. Earlier she demanded to recognize the Mejlis as an extremist organization. The lawsuit is at the stage of consideration.