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Why did the Russian Federation recognize the Noman Çelebicihan Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion as a terrorist organization?

2 June 2022

On Wednesday, June 1, the Supreme Court of Russia satisfied the claim of the Prosecutor General's Office for the recognition of the Noman Çelebicihan Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion as a terrorist organization and the prohibition of his activities on the territory of the Russian Federation.

I want to remind you that when it comes to the Noman Çelebicihan Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion, I mean the Asker public organization, which is registered under the current legislation of Ukraine. The purpose of this organization is patriotic education.

Why is Russia doing this?

To justify the persecution of representatives of the indigenous people in the Kherson region;

To blame all the people involved in the civil blockade of Crimea in 2015;

So that all those detained in the case of the Noman Çelebicihan Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion to accuse him of terrorism and impose sentences with maximum terms;

To have grounds for further repression of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people in the temporarily occupied Crimea;

To limit the development of patriotic public organizations in Ukraine.

What reaction should be from Ukraine?

There should be a symmetrical reaction to these actions of Russia, i.e. the courts of Ukraine must decide on the recognition of terrorist organizations and ban in Ukraine all public organizations of a patriotic direction in the temporarily occupied Crimea, in this regard, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people reserve the right to prepare claims to the competent authorities of Ukraine to recognize such organizations as occupied Crimea by terrorists;

The competent state authorities of Ukraine must make statements about the unlawful decisions of the Russian Courts in relation to public organizations created and operating on the territory of a sovereign state within the framework of its current legislation.