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Crimean Tatars accuse Crimean enforcement bodies of xenophobia

12.02.2008    source:

The Presidium of the Mejilis of the Crimean Tatar People believes that the investigation into high-profile recent events cannot be carried out by the Crimean departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service [SBU].

The Presidium was meeting in response to the attack on the central Muslim cemetery of the Nizhnyohirske settlement during the night between 9-10 February.

The statement released asserts that a proper investigation is not possible given the number of officers in the Crimean MIA and SBU with a xenophobic attitude.  They cite as an example, the Head until recently of the Crimean Police Anatoly Mohylyov. “Mohylyov expressed his views openly in a number of articles in  the press after his removal from office in which he claimed that the deportation of the Crimean Tatars from the Crimean territory had been “lawful”.

The Presidium also spoke of “systematic attempts to destabilize the social and political system” having increased recently. It believes that attempts to destabilize the situation are seen both from the Crimean authorities and may possibly be initiated by outside forces.

As reported yesterday, more than 220 gravestones were totally destroyed, and the fence around the cemetery was partially ruined.  The perpetrators of this act killed the dog guarding the cemetery.

A criminal investigation has been initiated under Article 297 of the Criminal Code (desecration of graves).

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