The self-proclaimed Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Council of Ministers Ruslan Balbec called on the heads of city administrations in the Russian-annexed Crimea to inform against the activities of the Mejlis members on the peninsula to the prosecutor's office, reads his official letter to the heads of the Crimean municipality administrations.

Balbec argues the legitimacy of his "decision" by the so-called an April 26 decision of the Russian Supreme Court of the Crimea "On prohibition of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis activity."

Deputy Prime Minister of the annexed Crimea reminded in his letter that Part 3 of Article 10 of the Federal Law No. 114, which supposedly prohibits banned public organizations from using the state-owned media, arranging rallies, meetings and demonstrations, as well as participating in referendums and other public events.

“We ask you (heads of city administrations, - ed.) to conduct awareness-raising campaign among the population and in case of non-observation of the above prohibitions by members of the public association (Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people - Ed.)... Please do not hesitate to inform on this and measures taken to the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Crimea,” says the letter.

QHA publishes a photocopy of the official letter by Ruslan Balbec.

April 13, 2016, Natalia Poklonskaya, Kremlin-appointed "Prosecutor of Crimea" announced her decision to suspend activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in Crimea pending a court ruling.

April 15, 2016, a court hearing in the Mejlis ban was adjourned until 25 April. One of the reasons was the absence of the Mejlis Deputy Chairman Nariman Jelal.

April 18, 2016, the Russian Ministry of Justice has put the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the list of public and religious organizations banned “due to their extremist activities.” This action has been condemned by Ukraine, a number of international organizations and human rights defenders.

On April 26, the illegitimate court in Crimea delivered a verdict in the Mejlis case, recognizing it an extremist organization and banning its activities in Russia, including Crimea.

Nariman Jelal, Mejlis First Deputy Chairman, said at the court hearing on April 26 that international organizations, such as the UN, the OSCE, the Turkish government, the United States and the European Union expressed their support for the Mejlis.

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