Crimean Mosque checked for involvement in extremism
Books from the list of Islamic literature banned in Russia and now in the occupied Crimea were seized in the mosque in Simferopol’s Fountains district, where on September 17, the "prosecution" officers performed an inspection, reports Radio Liberty.
It is reported that three books from the list of banned literature were confiscated and five other books were taken for review.
Head of Mejlis in the Fountains district Shevket Bekirov reported that "prosecution" officers checked what kinds of prayer were performed in the mosque and whether the people were involved in extremism there.
On September 17, the searches and inspections continued in the areas of were Crimean Tatars live.
Apart from the inspections in the mosque in Simferopol’s Fountains district, houses of Crimean Tatars in Kolchuhino village near Simferopol were also searched.
Representatives of the Russian FSB, who came together with bailiffs to make inventory of the property of the charitable organization Foundation Crimea, are on the premises of the Mejlis building again.
In the morning, on September 16, in Simferopol, the building of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis was surrounded by policemen and searched.
The Interior Ministry and the Investigation Committee of Crimea refused to comment. The search lasted for more than nine hours.
On September 15, in the occupied Crimea unknown persons attacked the building of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and tore down the Ukrainian flag.
It was reported that following the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, Russia has propagated anti-Tatar attitudes. The occupation authorities declared leaders of the Crimean Tatars persona "non grata," Crimean Tatars are prohibited from holding events, local activists are threatened and harassed.
In addition, inspections of offices and homes of activists in the annexed Crimea have became more frequent. On August 13, three Muslim schools were searched in Simferopol.