While the Crimean Tatars had denounced the holding of a referendum on self-determination as unconstitutional and had called for the creation of self-defense militias, their chief leader, Mustafa Dzhamilev, going back on his previous statements, expressed his satisfaction with the way things are evolving.

Meanwhile, Mustafa-Bey [1] has had a long telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Crimean parliament has adopted various measures to guarantee the rights of Tatars. Quotas allocated to their representatives in various bodies will exceed their proportion in the population of Crimea.

[1The term "Bey" is an honorary hereditary title given to the prefects of the Ottoman Empire.