The situation in the sphere of interethnic and interfaith relations in the Crimea is stable, but at the same time, "special attention should be paid to the realization of the religious needs of the inhabitants of the peninsula." This opinion was expressed by Ildar Gilmutdinov, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Nationalities, during the Simferopol-Moscow video link on July 22 at the multimedia press center of the MIA Russia Today, reports RIA Novosti (ria.ru).
“In general, we are satisfied with the situation that has developed in the Crimea in the sphere of interethnic relations. I do not see any sharp topics. It is necessary to be more attentive to religious issues, to be very attentive to appeals of citizens wishing to fulfill their religious needs. Not always for this opportunity. Therefore, it is necessary to pay serious attention to this topic, ”said the head of the committee.
Gilmutdinov also noted that the federal center provides Crimea with comprehensive assistance in supporting rehabilitated peoples. “As part of the implementation of the presidential decree on the rehabilitation of deported peoples in Crimea, a lot is being done for all nationalities. There is an opportunity to learn native languages. The state builds schools, preschool institutions where native languages are taught. For rehabilitated houses, mosques are being built. At the federal level, we will assist in resolving these issues, ”he stressed.
The data of Russian and international human rights organizations on the state of affairs in the field of religious freedom in the Crimea is fundamentally different from the idyllic picture painted by the deputy, the columnist for the portal “Credo.Press” notes. For the 5 years that have passed since the annexation of the Crimea, the Crimean Diocese of the UOC-KP was almost completely crushed (from December 2018 – PTSU). At present, the Russian authorities are trying to liquidate the cathedral of this diocese in Simferopol, dismantling its roof and enclosing the building with a deaf fence. Searches in mosques and houses of Muslims of the peninsula are constantly being carried out – dozens of Crimeans have already been charged with participation in the Islamic movement Hizb ut-Tahrir, recognized as terrorist in Russia, but not prohibited in Ukraine. Local Jehovah's Witnesses are searched and detained, and other Protestants and followers of new religious movements are having particular problems.