SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Crimean Parliament approved the decision to appeal to Russian Parliament to add Krymchaks and Crimean Karaites to the list of small indigenous peoples of Crimea, QHA correspondent reports.

Crimean Tatars, however, were not added to the list, as “Crimean Tatar people is not considered small people”- speaker of Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov announced.

Crimea was annexed by Russia, following the referendum on March 16. May 21 Putin signed several bills allowing Crimea’s accession into the Russian Federation.

On March 20, 2014, Ukrainian Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing Crimean Tatars indigenous people of Crimea. The resolution guarantees the protection and realization of ethnic, cultural, language, religious and other rights of Crimean Tatars and other ethnic minorities in Ukraine.

Note: Crimean Karaites, nowadays population 2,000, are an ethnic group derived from Turkic-speaking adherents of Karaism in Eastern Europe, especially in the territory of the former Russian Empire. Defined themselves as originally centered in Crimea, Crimean Karaites were established in Trakai, Lithuania and Eastern Galicia since late medieval times.

Krymchaks are an ethno-religious community of Crimea derived from Turkic-speaking adherents of Rabbinic Judaism. They have historically lived in close proximity to the Crimean Karaites.

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