About 95 percent of all searches in the Russian-annexed Crimea is conducted among the Crimean Tatars. Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Ukrainian MP and the presidential envoy for the affairs of Crimean Tatar people said this as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
'Currently, it's impossible to tell the actual number of searches, but several months ago, we counted 800 searches since the beginning of the occupation. About 95 percent of those concern Crimean Tatars. As far as we know, from 20 to 25,000 Crimean Tatars left Crimea,' Dzhemilev said.
According to him, in early 2014, the share of Crimean Tatars in the peninsula made 280,000 people or 13.5 percent of the entire population of Crimea. 'The census that they (the occupant government of Crimea, - 112 International) held in October 2014, it appeared that this number dropped to 10.5 percent. The official statistics showed that the share of ethnic Ukrainians was 24.5 percent before the occupation of the peninsula; according to the new census, the number equaled 15.5 percent', Dzhemilev said.
He assumed that the rapid decrease of the share of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians could be caused by those who are afraid or just abstained from participating in the census.
Dzhemilev added that eight members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people are now in the mainland Ukraine; the rest of them, 25 people, remained in Crimea.