Crimean Tatars Living in Ukraine Started Moving to Crimea En Masse

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Crimean Tatars living in Ukraine began to move to Crimea in large numbers. This was reported to RIA Novosti by the deputy of the State Duma from the Crimean region Ruslan Balbek.

“The Crimean Tatar community of the Kherson region choose a peaceful life and start mass resettlement <…>. These people ask the Russian authorities to give them a residence permit to legally stay in Crimea,” explained Balbek on the sidelines of the Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF).

According to him, immigrants don’t want to consider the peninsula as Ukrainian any more.

Balbek specified that the people who move are of different ages — from students to those who have “historically lived in the Kherson region of Ukraine”.

According to the interlocutor of the agency, radical extremist organisations put pressure on the Crimean Tatars who are in Ukraine.

In 2017 in Simferopol a modern school, the construction of which hadn’t been finished in 20 years, was opened in the residential district where Crimean Tatars mainly live.

Also last year more than 1.7 billion rubles were allocated for programs for the improvement and development of rehabilitated people. Within the framework of the Federal Target Programme the implementation of 36 investment projects in places of compact accommodation of rehabilitated people continued: the construction of housing, kindergartens, schools, networks of infrastructure, and roads.

In 2018 financing will be increased by more than twofold and will total about 3.7 billion rubles, said the head of the republic Sergey Aksenov recently.

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