Ruski Krstur (Serbian Cyrillic: Руски Крстур, Rusyn: Руски Керестур) is a village in Vojvodina, Serbia. It is located in the municipality of Kula, West Bačka District. The village has a Rusyn ethnic majority. Its population numbered 5,213 in the 2002 census. Ruski Krstur is the cultural centre of the Rusyns in Serbia. The number of Rusyns in Ruski Krstur is in constant decline as many of them have moved out to Canada concentrating in the town of North Battleford, Saskatchewan .
The village is the seat of the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Ruski Krstur, part of the wider Greek Catholic Church of Croatia and Serbia.
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The name "Krstur" itself derived from Slavic word krst (крст) ("cross" in English). The Hungarian name for the village derived from the Hungarian word "kereszt", which also means "cross" in English. The first written record of Ruski Krstur was made during the administration of the Kingdom of Hungary in 1410 and then in 1452, mentioning it under name Kerezthwr.
According to the 1971 census, ethnic Rusyns comprised 99.45% of population of the village.
According to the 2002 census, the population of the village include:
- 1948: 5,874
- 1953: 6,115
- 1961: 5,873
- 1971: 5,960
- 1981: 5,826
- 1991: 5,636
- 2002: 5,213
There is an initiative among inhabitants of Ruski Krstur that this settlement become its own municipality completely separate from Kula.
- Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.
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- Ruski Krstur - Web page about the village
- Welcome to First Internet Web Presentation of Ruski Kerestur
- Rusyns in Serbia
- Vodica in Ruski Krstur
- “A Home for Town Planning Kula-Odzaci” Kula[permanent dead link]
- Castle, Ruski Krstur
- Rusyn On The Internet