Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the rehabilitation of ethnic minorities who suffered during the repression of the Stalin era, RIA Novosti reports.

“I would like to inform you that I have signed a decree on the rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatar population of Crimea, the Armenian population, the Germans, the Greeks and all those who suffered during the Stalin repression,” - Putin said Monday during a meeting on priority national projects and demographic policy.

Speaking at the annual question-and-answer session in Moscow, April 17 Putin pointed out that Crimean Tatar people suffered much during Stalin-epoch repressions and were deported from Crimea.

“We should do everything that depends on us to link the process of incorporation in the Russian Federation with rehabilitation and reinstatement of legitimate rights and interests of Crimean Tatar people”- he noted.