Mosque raided in occupied Crimea under pretext of fighting "extremism"

21:10, 08 April 2018
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"FSB officers have raided the mosque in the village of Pavlivka in Dzhankoy district, saying that 'some extremist actions' are being conducted there," Ukrainska Pravda reported, referring to NGO Crimean Solidarity's Facebook page.

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"About 20 people with automatic rifles surrounded the mosque, not allowing the Muslims to leave the premises until they are interrogated," Crimean Solidarity wrote.

As reported, there was also a representative of the prosecutor's office with the FSB officers.

"Such total control disturbing members of the Muslim community, evoking their wrath in Crimea," the NGO added.

After the Russian annexation of the Crimea peninsula, the searches in the homes of the Crimean Tatars and in mosques became frequent, according to Mejlis and human rights activists.

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