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April 16 — April 22 News Digest

April 22, 2016 14:16 0 594 QirimInfo
Official ban of the Mejlis, search operations of journalists in Crimea, extention the arrest of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoza and more.

Russian authorities offer to introduce criminal responsibility for the "referendum" denial in Crimea

April 18. Russian Investigative Committee chairman Oleksandr Bastrykin reported in his article published in "Kommersant-Vlast" magazine, that the denial of the results of Crimean referendum should be recognized as extremist activities.

Russian Ministry of Justice officially banned Mejlis in Crimea

April 19. The suspension of the Mejlis activities is actually a ban of the organization before the court decision. Thus, the organization is forbidden to use the media, to conduct public events, to take part in elections and to use bank deposits, except for the payment of taxes, fees and fines.

Search operations of journalists are conducted in Crimea

April 19. Russian security forces conduct search operations in 7 locations in Crimea and Sevastopol at the same time, as part of a criminal investigation into the extremism case opened against a journalist of Ukrainian edition «Krym.Realii». Security forces conducted searchs of houses of Mykola Semena, Ruslana Liumanova and photojournalist Leniara Abibulaeva.

OSCE concerned about state of freedom of speech in Crimea

April 20. On the 19th of April the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe expressed concern because of threat to freedom of expression in Crimea annexed by Russia. OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic said that the intimidation of Crimean journalist Mykola Semena causes concern.

Chubarov criticized the Council of Europe's Report on Human Rights in Crimea

April 21. Chairman of the Mejlis does not agree with conclusions of the report, where is no information about Crimean Tatars persecution as an ethnic group.

Laywer: Akhtem Chiygoza’s arrest extended

April 22. Kyiv District Court of Simferopol extended the arrest of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoza until the 5th of May.

U. S. urged Russia to stop pressure on Mejlis

April 22. The U. S. Department of State released a statement, which urges Russia to cancel the decision on the recognition of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People as an extremist organization. The DOS representative John Kirby said that the Mejlis was an important independent voice for the protection of people and their culture from discrimination. Kirby recalls that for a long time the Mejlis has  been the representative body of people who suffered from oppressions earlier.

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