Crimean tatars prepare stand at a Russian-Ukrainian border check point outside the town of Armyansk, Crimea, on Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Polegenko)
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A leader of the Crimean Tatars, a Muslim minority group on the Moscow-controlled peninsula, said Monday that the new Russian authorities had threatened to prosecute them for "extremism".The leader of the ethnic minority's assembly, known as the Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, said the chief regional prosecutor had on Sunday read him an official warning to stop "extremist activities". The warning came after hundreds of pro-Kiev Tatars clashed with the region's authorities at the weekend because of a ban on their spiritual leader visiting Crimea. Crimea's regional prosecutor, Natalia Poklonskaya, has warned the community that its assembly will be banned if the Tatars continue with "extremist activities," according to the Mejlis.Clashes broke out Saturday after the local authorities banned the spiritual leader of the Tatar community, Mustafa Dzhemilev, from visiting the peninsula.
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