He went on to say that the number of Muslims wishing to go on pilgrimage this year exceeded a quota of 300 persons set for Crimea, which is why the quota has been increased.

Ruslan Balbek, Vice Prime Minister of the Crimean Government, said that the next year’s quota for Muslims from Crimea might be increased to 400 persons, press service of the Crimean Muftiyat reports.

A group of pilgrims from Crimea is scheduled to leave Simferopol for Saudi Arabia on September 7-8, 2015. On their 3-week Hajj pilgrimage, the pilgrims will be accompanied by 7 representatives of the Spiritual Administration of Crimean Muslims, who will divide them up into small groups and provide them with all kind of help and instructions.