Religious Muslim rites of Crimean Tatars may be recognized as illegal by Russia
Religious Muslim rites of Crimean Tatars may be recognised as illegal, according to the Mufti of Clerical Direction of Ukrainian Muslims "Umma" Sayid Ismahilov.
Russian-occupied authorities have warned the Crimean Tatar imams the traditional ceremonies like funeral or commemoration of the dead might be banned.
Mass gatherings for reading the Koran or praying for the deceased have never been forbidden even in the Soviet period, claimed Ismahilov.
He also added the Moslems were not hindered to conduct their traditional religious rites even when there was no single mosque in the whole Ukraine.