SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

80 families in Crimea got the keys of apartment in Simferopol Dec 30, in the frameworks of the implementation of Russian President’s Vladimir Putin’s decree “to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatar population of Crimea, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks, all those who suffered during Stalin's purges”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on April to rehabilitate Crimea's Tatars and other minorities who suffered under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to Central Asia en masse during World War Two, accusing them of sympathizing with Nazi Germany, and many died in grueling conditions on arrival in exile.

The Muslim Tatars were allowed to return in the waning days of the Soviet Union, whose 1991 collapse left Crimea in an independent Ukraine. They now make up 12 percent in Crimea.

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