A Crimean human rights activist Tatyana Bezruk, now living in Kiev, believes an incorrect claim of “ethnic cleansing” in Crimea amid recent searches and arrests and attempts to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars. In her opinion, all prosecution in Crimea is not ethnic, but purely political in nature.
“The phrase “after the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar the Tatars can be denied in Crimea” is deeply emotional and not about all the Crimean Tatars at all. There is no “ethnic cleansing”, but “political”. There are Balbek and Ilyasov (Crimean collaborators), behind which the Crimean Tatars stand too. They help the occupying authority, and it cherishes them. In response to the “ethnic cleansing” there are examples of calm living of the Crimean Tatars in Simferopol and Bakhchisaray. But in response to the “political one” we can see the facts of searches, kidnappings, trails and sentences,” she posted in “Facebook”.