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FSB prevents 53 anti-Russian demonstrations by Mejlis in Crimea over five years

The FSB recalled that the Mejlis systematically made attempts at provoking inter-ethnic and religious conflicts by means of staging extremist actions, disrupting election campaigns and staging mass unrest

MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Russia’s federal security service FSB over the past five years has prevented 53 anti-Russian demonstrations by the extremist organization Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, outlawed in Russia, the FSB’s public relations center told TASS.

"The main agents of the Ukrainian revanchist policies and moderators of protest and separatist manifestations in the Republic of Crimea are the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People (the Mejlis, "leader" of the Crimean Tatars and honorary Mejlis member M. Jemilev, chairman R. Chubarov and deputy chairman N. Jelyalov)," the FSB’s public relations center said in connection with newly-discovered evidence about links between the Mejlis and Ukrainian secret services.

"Since April 2016, 32 supporters of the Mejlis have been convicted under different articles of Russia’s Criminal Code, 50 indicted on criminal charges, 306 brought to justice for administrative offences, and 33 prohibited from entry, 53 anti-Russian demonstrations were prevented, and 301 prosecutor warnings and 297 police warnings issued," the FSB said.

The FSB recalled that the Mejlis systematically made attempts at provoking inter-ethnic and religious conflicts by means of staging extremist actions, disrupting election campaigns and staging mass unrest.

"Although the activity of Mejlis supporters is extremist and criminal, the results of upsetting it are presented by foreign mass media as the Russian authorities’ infringement on the rights of the Crimean Tatar people and genocide," the FSB said.

On April 26, 2016 Russia’s Supreme Court declared the Mejlis as an extremist organization and prohibited its activity in the territory of Russia.