TASS: Crimea prosecutor suspends Crimean Tatar Mejlis activity

Crimea`s de facto Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya said on Wednesday she had ruled to suspend the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, according to Russian news agency TASS.
A copy of the document was handed to representatives of the public association, a TASS correspondent reported.
”Today I`ve issued a ruling under which the activity of the public association `Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People` should be suspended in order to prevent violations of the federal laws,” Poklonskaya told TASS.
The ruling will be valid until Crimea`s Supreme Court makes its decision on Poklonskaya`s lawsuit. Earlier she demanded that the Mejlis be recognized as an extremist organization. The lawsuit is at the stage of consideration.
In her decision, Poklonskaya cites Articles 9 and 10 of the federal law on counteraction to extremist activity. The decision of the Crimean prosecutor`s office was sent to the Justice Ministry of the Russian Federation to include it in the general list of public and religious associations whose activity in the Russian Federation has been suspended.
”The rights of the public association are suspended. The association is banned from using all state and municipal media, it can`t hold various public mass events, use bank accounts or conduct any type of work. All its propaganda will be prohibited,” she explained.

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