Crimean Tatars take active part in Crimean census: Smirnov

21 October 2014 13:16

Crimean Tatars take active part in Crimean census, head of State Committee on Interethnic Affairs and Deported Citizens Zaur Smirnov announced during a press-conference in Simferopol.

According to Smirnov, “there are some Crimean Tatar families that express their concern if the officers of State Statistics Service do not visit them”.

Smirnov also called on people of all nationalities to take active part in the census, as the last census was held 13 years ago, in 2001.

“We call on all the civil organizations and cultural communities to continue their expository work, that we have begun, to assure people that the population census is of interest of every Crimea’s resident. No decision is made without examining the statistical data”- he explained.

About 60% of Crimea residents have already taken part in the census, that began in Crimea Oct 14 and will last until October 25.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier in the month that the census was necessary for drawing up a program of development for the Crimean Peninsula.

The census consists of 33 questions, including address, type of housing, family status, income, and ethnic identity.

According to a 2001 census, Crimea's population was 2.34 million, with more than 60 percent identifying themselves as Russian, 24 percent as Ukrainian, and 12.4 percent as Crimean Tatars.

The Ukrainian authorities, that do not recognize Crimean annexation, have sent a note of protest to Russia on over the census.