Crimean court bans Tatar Majlis

Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya.

Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya.

The court designated the Crimean Tatar Majlis as an extremist entity

Crimea's Supreme Court on April 26 designated the Crimean Tatar Majlis as an extremist entity and banned its activity in Russia, ruling in favor of a lawsuit filed by Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

Crimean Supreme Court Judge Natalia Terentyeva ruled that "the entity called the 'Majlis of the Crimean Tatar People' be designated an extremist organization and its activity be banned."

The court's ruling can be appealed within a month.

Crimean Prosecutor Poklonskaya has described the decision as justified.

"The decision is aimed at maintaining stability, peace and order in the Russian Federation," she told reporters.

The court proceedings as part of this case began in early March. There were four volumes of case files.

The Majlis, which claims the status of the Crimean Tatars' legislature, has no registration in Russia.

The current and former leaders of the Majlis - Ukrainian MPs Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Jemilev, currently reside in Kiev. The Crimean Prosecutor's Office has accused them of being involved in the peninsula's power blockade. Several criminal cases have been opened against them.

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