The name of the peninsula is presumably originated from the Turkic word "Kirim" - a bank, wall or moat. In Russian sources Crimea was called Taurida up to 20-ies of XX century.
The Republic of Crimea is the subject of the Russian Federation, being the part of Crimean Federal District. The capital of Crimea is Simferopol city.
On March 18, 2014 the interstate agreement on the adoption of the independent Republic of Crimea into Russian Federation was signed and new subjects of the Federation - Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol were formed.
The Council of Ministers of Crimea is the permanent supreme executive authority of the Republic of Crimea.
Today Crimea is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors by wonderful climate, warm sea, a variety of natural landscapes and plenty of opportunities for active pastime and recreation.
Crimea is the most multi-ethnic region of Russia.
Histories of Crimea are cave cities, ruins of medieval castles and fortresses striking with its beauty and luxury palaces that have survived to the present day.
Crimea is the connection of ancient cultural traditions. It is a place where the heritage of the world is reflected in a small scale. Here you can find traces of the most ancient archaic traditions and wonderful monuments of ancient art. Crimea is a place where a great Christian culture evolved at the intersection of Byzantine, Balkan and Russian worlds. There is also a rich heritage of Arabic, Tatar, Turkish and other cultures preserved.
History of Crimea - is an interlacement of East and West, the history of the Greeks and the Golden Horde, Tatars and Cossacks, early Christian church and mosques.
The first peoples who lived in the steppe part of Crimea in XV-VII BC were the Cimmerians.
In different periods the peninsula was inhabited by the Tauri, Scythians and Sarmatians, the ancient Greeks and Romans, the Goths and the Huns in ancient times; South Slavs and Armenians, Pechenegs and Polovtsians, Khazars and proto-Bulgarians, Venetians and Genoese, Tatars and Turks - in the Middle Ages. At all times the population of the peninsula was very colorful.
In the IX century Khazar power declined and was finally defeated in the 60s of X century by Kiev prince Svyatoslav Igorevich. In 988-989 years Kiev Prince Vladimir took Chersonese (Korsun).
In the XI-XII centuries Crimea exposed to attacks of the nomads - Polovtsian.
In the XIII century Tatar-Mongol nomads invaded Crimea. They gave the peninsula its present name - Qırım (Crimea). Pushing aside the local population to the south to the mountains, the Golden Horde settled down in the steppe part of Crimea for two centuries.
At the beginning of the XV century Crimean Khanate arose in Crimea, which became a vassal of Turkey.
In 1783, after the Russian-Turkish War (1768-1774.) Crimea was annexed to the Russian Empire. Crimea became part of Taurian province (since 1802).
Construction of railroads had a great influence on the development of the region's economy. It linked the eastern and western regions with the cities of Russia. Crimea was increasingly becoming important as a resort.
At the beginning of the XX century in an economic sense Crimea was an agricultural land with a small number of industrial cities. The main city was Simferopol and port cities of Sevastopol, Kerch and Feodosia.
In the fall of 1921 Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic within the RSFSR was formed.
On February 19, 1954 Crimea was included as an oblast to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
In February 1991, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea as part of Ukraine was formed.
On March 16, 2014 the referendum on the status of Crimea was held.
On March 18, 2014 the agreement on joining Crimea to Russia was signed.
Crimea has a favorable economic and geographical position.
Located between 44о23’– 46о15’ north latitude and 32о29’–36о39’ east longitude.
Area of Crimea - 26.1 thousand sq. km,which is 0.15% of the territory of Russia. Length: from west to east - 360 km, from north to south - 180 km.
The coastline is 2500 km.
The Crimean Peninsula is washed by two seas: the Black and Azov seas.
Time zone of Crimea + 2 hours GMT.
The midnight on the peninsula comes at the same time as in Moscow.
The Republic of Crimea is bordering with the city of federal significance Sevastopol on the south-west; with Kherson region of Ukraine on the north; with Krasnodar region through the narrow Kerch Strait (4.5 km) in the east.
Black Sea - deep to 2245 meters oval-shaped basin. The water surface area is 413.5 thousand sq. km.
Sea of Azov, on the contrary, is very shallow. The greatest depth is 13.5 meters. Its area is 37.6 thousand sq. km.
The extreme points: in the south - Cape Sarich; in the west - Cape Priboyny; in the east - Cape Fonar.
Major seaports - Evpatoria, Yalta, Feodosia, Kerch.
LocationFavorable Economic and Geographical Location
Between 44о23’–46о15’ N and 32о29’–36о39’ E.
thousand ksq.m.0.15% of the Russian territory.
Length: from west to east: 360 km, from north to south: 180 km.
thousand kmCoastline length.
The Crimean Peninsula is washed by the waters of two seas: the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
The time zone of the Republic of Crimea.
Clocks in Crimea and Moscow struck midnight at the same time.