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Temporary moratorium on seizure of banned Islamic literature was declared in Crimea, newly elected head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov.

Sergey Aksyonov announced this Oct 13 in Simferopol when meeting Crimean Muslims who returned to Crimea after Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

“There are no measures to seize the banned literature. We give time, to turn to normal peace format, as it is a transitional period, time to adopt and realize that we are in Russia”- Aksyonov said.

150 Crimean Muslims left this year for Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform Hajj pilgrimage-- the fifth of the pillars of Islam.

A number of popular Islamic books, including books used in religious schools, that were deemed legal under Ukrainian law, are now banned according to Russian law.

In this context, homes, schools and madrassas (Islamic religious schools) in Crimea, were repeatedly searched for the banned literature.

The move has been condemned by Kyiv officials and the UN.