We call on the Crimeans not to participate in the population census of the Russian Federation – Bariiev

October 6, 2021

Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Head of the Department of Legal Affairs and Foreign Affairs of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Eskender Bariiev in an interview with the Crimea.Realities media agency urged all Crimeans not to participate in the population census, which will be conducted by the Russian Federation from October 15 to November 14.

“The census, of course, is important in order to know the qualitative composition, but still there are some concerns regarding its holding in Crimea. Firstly, it is the possibility of various manipulations and interpretations. Demographers say that the population chooses their nationality depending on the country in which they are located, in this census such a phenomenon can be expected and the number of Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars will be underestimated”,- he stressed.

Bariiev noted that the task of Ukraine is to inform the international community about these actions of the Kremlin. According to the expert, our state cannot influence the census, but it is worth urging compatriots not to participate, because then the data will be incomplete and incorrect.