Crimean court bans Tatar ruling body in blow to minority


  • World
  • Tuesday, 26 Apr 2016

KIEV (Reuters) - Crimea's supreme court banned Crimean Tatars' highest ruling body on Tuesday, declaring it an "extremist" organisation in a move one exiled leader said was part of a Kremlin drive to crush the minority ethnic group on the Russia-annexed peninsula.

Most Crimean Tatars, a Muslim people indigenous to the Black Sea region, opposed Russia's seizure of the territory from Ukraine in March 2014. Representatives say they have since faced discrimination and hardship as they come under pressure to align themselves with the Russia-backed authorities.

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