During the existence of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, different governments existed within the Crimean Peninsula. From 1921 to 1936, the government in the Crimean Peninsula was known as the Crimean Autonomous Socialist Soviet Republic[a] and was an Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic located within the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic; from 1936 to 1945, it was called the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic[b].
Socialist Soviet Republic
Soviet Socialist Republic
Soviet Socialist Republic
|ASSR of the Russian SFSR (1921–45)|
Oblast of the Russian SFSR (1945–54)
and Ukrainian SSR (1954–91)
ASSR of the Ukrainian SSR (1991)
Autonomy of Ukraine (1991–92)
1942–1943: German occupation
Raions with national status, as of 1938; Crimean Tatar regions in light blue, Russian in pink, Jewish in indigo, German in orange, Ukrainian in yellow
|• Type||Autonomous Soviet|
|18 October 1921|
• Reformed into oblast
|30 June 1945|
• Transferred to Ukraine
|19 February 1954|
• Autonomy regained
|12 February 1991|
|26 December 1991|
|6 May 1992|
|• Country|| Soviet Union|
|Today part of|
As a result of alleged crimes by Crimean Tatars during World War II, many Crimean Tatars were deported and the peninsula was resettled with other peoples. The autonomous republic without its titled nationality was downgraded to an oblast within the Russian SFSR on 30 June 1945. It was subsequently transferred to the Ukrainian SSR in 1954. As a result of a state-sanctioned referendum in 1991, it became again an autonomous republic within the Ukrainian SSR, and then within independent Ukraine after 1992.
Crimea within the Russian SFSR (1921–1954)Edit
Crimean ASSR of the Russian SFSR (1921–1945)Edit
On 18 October 1921, the Crimean Autonomous Socialist Soviet Republic was created within the Russian SFSR on the territory of the Crimean Peninsula. It was renamed the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic on 5 December 1936 by the Eighth Extraordinary Congress of Soviets of the USSR.
There were two attempts, both unsuccessful, to establish Jewish autonomy in Crimea. The first attempt, conducted by the Soviet government with the support of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, ended in the creation of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in Birobidzhan, as the Soviet government feared establishing it in Crimea would provoke antisemitic sentiments. The second attempt, by the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee between 1943 and 1944, led to the Night of the Murdered Poets and heightened persecution of Jews as Stalin feared the establishment of a Jewish republic in Crimea with American support.
Crimea was under de facto control of Nazi Germany from September 1942 to October 1943, administratively incorporated into Reichskommissariat Ukraine as Teilbezirk Taurien. Alfred Frauenfeld was appointed as General Commissar (although it seems that Frauenfeld spent most of his time in Crimea researching the peninsula's Gothic heritage and the actual government was in the hands of Erich von Manstein). During the war, there was also widespread resistance to the German occupation.
In 1944, under the pretext of alleged collaboration of the Crimean Tatars with the Nazi occupation regime, the Soviet government on orders of Joseph Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria deported the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea. Actual collaboration in the military sense had been rather limited, with a recorded 9,225 Crimean Tatars serving in anti-Soviet Tatar Legions and other German formed battalions, but there was in fact a surprisingly high degree of co-operation between the occupation government and the local administration; this has been significantly due to Frauenfeld's unwillingness to implement the policy of brutality towards the local population pursued by Reichskommissar Erich Koch, which led to a series of public conflict between the two men. The constitutional rights of the forcibly-resettled Tatars were restored with a decree dated September 5, 1967, but they were not allowed to return until the last days of the Soviet Union.
Crimean Oblast of the Russian SFSR (1945–1954)Edit
The Crimean ASSR was converted into the Crimean Oblast of the Russian SFSR on June 30, 1945 by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (published as a law on June 25, 1946). It was stripped of its autonomous status as a result of the alleged crimes of Crimean Tatars during World War II.
Crimea within the Ukrainian SSR (1954–1992)Edit
Crimean Oblast of the Ukrainian SSR (1954–1991)Edit
On 19 February 1954, the oblast was transferred from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR jurisdiction, on the basis of "the integral character of the economy, the territorial proximity and the close economic and cultural ties between the Crimea Province and the Ukrainian SSR.":
Crimean ASSR of the Ukrainian SSR (1991–1992)Edit
On 12 February 1991, the status of Crimea Oblast was changed to that of autonomous republic, the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, by the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR as the result of a state-sanctioned referendum held on 20 January 1991. 4 months later, on June 19, appropriate changes were made to the Constitution of the Ukrainian SSR.
With effect from 6 May 1992, the Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was transformed into the Republic of Crimea within Ukraine. On 21 September 1994 it was renamed as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by Verkhovna Rada. This name was used for Crimea (with the exception of the city of Sevastopol) in new Ukrainian Constitution of 1996. The status of Sevastopol, due to its strategic importance as the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, remained disputed between Ukraine and Russia until 1997 when it was agreed that it should be treated as a "city with special status" within Ukraine.
In November 1923, the okrugs were abolished and 15 raions were created instead, but in 1924, five of these were abolished. On 30 October 1930, the remaining ten raions were reorganized into 16 new ones, and four cities under direct republican control. In 1935, 10 new raions were added and one abolished. In 1937, one more raion was established. The raions had national status as for Crimean Tatars, Russians, Jews, Germans and Ukrainians. By the beginning of World War II, all of these raions had lost their national status.
Heads of StateEdit
- Central Executive Committee
- November 7, 1921 – August 1924 Yuri Gaven (Janis Daumanis)
- August 1924 – January 28, 1928 Veli Ibraimov
- January 28, 1928 – February 20, 1931 Memet Kubayev
- February 20, 1931 – September 9, 1937 Ilyas Tarkhan (arrested on September 8, 1937)
- September 9, 1937 – July 21, 1938 Abdul-Celil Menbariyev
- Supreme Soviet
- July 21, 1938 – May 18, 1944 Abdul-Celil Menbariyev (expelled from Crimea in 1944 with the rest of Crimean Tatars)
- May 18, 1944 – June 30, 1945 Nadezhda Sachiova (acting)
- March 22, 1991 – May 9, 1994 Mykola Bahrov
Heads of GovernmentEdit
Chairmen of RevkomEdit
- November 16, 1920 – February 20, 1921 Béla Kun
- February 20, 1921 – November 7, 1921 Mikhail Poliakov (become the one of NKVD troika)
Council of People's CommissarsEdit
- November 11, 1921 – May 16, 1924 Sakhib-Garey Said-Galiyev
- May 16, 1924 – May 1924 I.Goncharov (acting)
- May 1924 – March 21, 1926 Osman Deren-Ayerly
- March 21, 1926 – May 1929 Emir Shugu
- May 1929 – September 16, 1937 Abduraim Samedinov (arrested September 17, 1937)
- 1937 – April 5, 1942 Memet Ibraimov
- April 5, 1942 – May 18, 1944 Ismail Seyfullayev (under de facto control of Nazi Germany during September 1, 1942 to October 23, 1943)
- May 18, 1944 – June 30, 1945 Aleksandr Kabanov
Council of MinistersEdit
- March 22, 1991 – May 20, 1993 Vitaliy Kurashik
- until April 1921 Mikhail Vikhman (later in Chernihiv)
- April 1921 – June 1921 Smirnov
- June 20, 1921 – 1921 Fyodor Fomin (transferred to Kiev)
- November 11, 1921 – February 1922 Aleksandr Rotenberg
- Crimea GPU
- February 1922 – September 11, 1922 Aleksandr Rotenberg
- September 11, 1922 – April 25, 1923 Stanislav Redens
- Merged GPU
- April 25, 1923 – June 9, 1924 Stanislav Redens
- May 20, 1924 – July 29, 1925 Sergei Szwarz (transferred to the Special department of the Black Sea Navy)
- 1925 Aleksandr Toropkin (transferred to Ural)
- October 1926 – April 26, 1928 Ivan Apeter (transferred to the Special department of the Black Sea Navy)
- April 26, 1928 – December 1929 Grigoriy Rapoport (transferred to Belarus Military District)
- January 23, 1930 – July 10, 1934 Eduard Salins (Eduards Saliņš)
- Narkom of State Security
- February 26, 1941 – July 31, 1941 Major Grigoriy Karanadze
- October 5, 1943 – July 5, 1945 Commissar of the 3rd rank Pyotr Fokin
- Russian: Крымская Автономная Социалистическая Советская Республика, romanized: Krymskaya Avtonomnaya Sotsialisticheskaya Sovetskaya Respublika; Ukrainian: Автономна Кримська Соціалістична Радянська Республіка, romanized: Avtonomna Krymska Sotsialistychna Radyanska Respublika, lit. 'Autonomous Crimean Socialist Soviet Republic'
- Modern Crimean Tatar: Къырым Мухтар Совет Социалист Джумхуриети, romanized: Qırım Muhtar Sovet Sotsialist Cumhuriyeti; official Crimean Tatar name in the Yañalif: Qrьm Avtonomjalь Sovet Sotsialist Respuвlikasь; Russian: Крымская Автономная Советская Социалистическая Республика, romanized: Krymskaya Avtonomnaya Sovetskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Respublika; Ukrainian: Кримська Автономна Радянська Соціалістична Республіка, romanized: Krymska Avtonomna Radyanska Sotsialistychna Respublika
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