East StratCom disinformation claim:
The Crimean Tatar Mejlis (selfgoverning body) is a US creation, financed by the US State Department. This is why the US has condemned the decision of Russia’s Supreme Court to uphold the ban on the Mejlis.
Documentation for claim
published by РИА Новости – события в России и мире: темы дня, фото, видео, инфографика, радио
Period/date: 1. October 2016
No evidence given. The Mejlis was established in 1991 prior to Ukrainian independence. According to the Mejllis charter, the organisation is financed by donations and contributions from individuals, organisations, foundations, and grants. This is not the first time that Russian authorities in Crimea are claiming that the US is behind the Mejlis. http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-crimean-tatar-mejlis-a-us-creation/
Documentation for the debunk
published by StopFake – Struggle against fake information about events in Ukraine
This information is reported by StopFakeorg in Disinformation Review issue 43. The item is located at row number 15 in the report.