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Dzhemilev Says Russia Uses Soviet Tactics To Divide Crimean Tatars

Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, who has been barred from returning to his homeland after Russia's annexation of Crimea, says Moscow is relying "on the old Soviet policy of dividing the Crimean Tatars." In an interview with RFE/RL's Alsu Kurmasheva and Andrei Shary, Dzhemilev said that after attempts to co-opt the representative body of the Tatar community failed, the authorities may ban the Crimean Tatar Mejlis throughout the peninsula. He also said Moscow's annexation of Crimea is "damaging to the basic interests of Russia and the Russian people." (RFE/RL's Russian and Tatar-Bashkir Services)