The Kremlin-appointed "Head" of the Crimea Sergey Aksyonov believes that statements about the persecution of Crimean Tatars in the Crimea are contrived and not confirmed by real facts. He made a corresponding statement at the media forum in Alushta, the propaganda news agency RIA Crimea reports.
Aksyonov argues that Crimean Tatars allegedly have their representatives among the so-called "authorities":
“All Russian citizens living in the Crimea have equal rights. Crimean Tatars are not oppressed. Hajj is systemically organized, central mosque is being built, executive authorities include the Crimean Tatar representatives, as well as many nationalities of the Crimea.”
According to the chief collaborator of the Crimea, "the majority of Crimean Tatars support the reunification of the Crimea with Russia." It should be noted that the main representative body of the Crimean Tatar people, the Mejlis, does not recognize the illegal occupation of the Ukrainian Crimea by Russia and strongly opposes the annexation in the international arena seeking to end it.
Aksyonov also believes that there are no people in the Crimea who are subjected to unlawful persecution:
“The issue is absolutely far-fetched, there is no harassment. And when you ask questions about specific people, who are subjected to unlawful persecution, it turns out that there are no such people and facts.”
Another Russian official, known for her obscurantist remarks, representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova also spoke about the persecution of the Crimean Tatars. According to her, evidence of such persecution exists only in social networks.
“With regard to the use of information from social networks - this is, excuse me, such a trend now. After all, this is a paradox - when we meet with American partners who accuse us of violating freedoms in the Crimea - from introduction of tanks to the Mejlis - we ask to bring the facts, and we are told that everything is in social networks. That is, living people are not allowed - neither journalists, nor civil organizations, they are threatened with sanctions, including dismissal, and at the same time bring information from social networks - this is a paradox.”
Reference: Since the occupation of the Crimea, Russia began mass persecution of Crimean Tatars: members of the Mejlis, activists, journalists, human rights activists, as well as people of other nationalities who did not recognize the annexation of the peninsula.
Since the spring of 2014, searches, detentions and arrests of Crimean Tatars have been regularly conducted in the Crimea.
Earlier, QHA reported that on June 7, the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol district court began considering the case of Ilmi Umerov, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar national movement.