The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation dismissed the defense's appeal and confirmed the recognition of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people extremist organization, Mediazona reports.
Judge Elena Borisova, Igor Zinchenko and Elena Gorchakova completely denied to representatives of the Mejlis, who appealed against the decision to ban. Thus, ban of the Mejlis came into force.
Interests of the Mejlis in the Supreme Court were represented by lawyers of the Russian human rights center "Memorial" Kirill Koroteev and Marina Agaltsova. Koroteev noted that Mejlis is not a public organization under Russian law, as it is the representative body of the Crimean Tatars, whose activities are governed by international law and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The prosecution was represented by "prosecutor" of Crimea Valentin Chuprin and Tatiana Lazareva from the Prosecutor General's Office. Chuprin noted that Mejlis sought the return of Crimea to Ukraine and spoke about the "systematic destructiveness" of its activities.
"Mejlis committed extremist crimes and other unlawful acts against the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation", — the prosecutor said.
On April 26 "Supreme Court" of Crimea declared Mejlis an extremist organization and banned its activities in occupied Crimea, in May the appeal was sent to the Supreme Court.
Also today in Kyiv on the Independence Square, activists held a rally in support of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. Among the participants of the rally were representatives of public organizations, members of the Mejlis, as well as government representatives.