Putin says signs decree to rehabilitate Crimea Tatars

by Reuters
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:04 GMT

MOSCOW, April 21 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he had signed a decree rehabilitating Crimea's Tatars and other ethnic minorities, who suffered under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

"I have signed a decree to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatar population, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks - all those who suffered during Stalin's repressions," Putin told a State Council meeting.

Members of the 300,000-strong Muslim Tatar minority, who make up some 15 percent of Crimea's population, have opposed Russia's annexation of the mainly Russian-speaking region last month. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by Nigel Stephenson)

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