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Crimea's Chief Prosecutor General Natalia Poklonskaya has warned that any one who attempts to incite ethnic strife in the peninsula and opposes its annexation from Ukraine to Russia will face prosecution and even deportation.
In an announcement made on her Facebook page in Russian and English, Poklonskaya said that all actions, which are aimed at the non-recognition of the occurrence of the Crimea to Russia, will be prosecuted.
Poklonskaya, who was appointed prosecutor general in March following the annexation of Crimean by Russia, added that incitement of ethnic strife will also carry the punishment of deportation.
Shortly after her appointment as Chief Prosecutor by the pro-Russian regime led by Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov, Poklonskaya threatened the Crimean Tatar Mejlis (Parliament) with closure after they organized protests for former Mejlis head Mustafa Jemilev, who has been barred from entering the peninsula for five years along with current leader Refat Chubarov.
The Crimean Tatar Mejlis, which was founded in 1991 to act as a representative body for Crimean Tatars after their return from almost five decades in exile, was seized by the pro-Russian authorities last week after a raid by Russian FSB officers.
Mejlis members were given 12 hours to clear out their Mejlis building, which was being leased by the Crimea Fund charity for the Crimean Tatar people, or else be evicted by force.
The Crimea Fund was later fined 50,000 rubles for failure to meet the eviction deadline and given a further 24 hours to leave after an order by the Central District Court of Simferopol prohibited the charity from carrying out any of its powers as owner of the Mejlis headquarters and six other addresses, including its right to lease or sell the properties.
Speaking to the Kommersant newspaper after the eviction, Prime Minister Aksyonov said “From the juridical angle, there is no such organization for me. Which Mejlis? The organization was not registered properly. It does not exist.”
Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev, who is now based in Ukraine's Kiev after being deported due to his opposition to the annexation, called the seizure of Crimea Fund building, “a robbery raid.”
Current Mejlis head Refat Chubarov, who is also living in exile, said that the Crimean Tatar people have got no choice but to comply with the demands of the authorities.
The Crimean Tatars have largely opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, fearing a repeat of the events of 1944 when they were completely expelled as part of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's policy.
They gradually started returning in the early 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union, but still live as a minority in their homeland as they were displaced by ethnic Russian settlers who migrated there later on.Last Mod: 26 Eylül 2014, 12:50