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Simferopol

Симферопoль ‹See Tfd› (in Russian)
Сімферополь ‹See Tfd› (in Ukrainian)
Aqmescit
Independent city 1 within Crimea2
Simferopol Montage.png
Clockwise: The railway station, Salgirka park, Trinity Cathedral, the State Medical University, Children's park, Catherine street
Simferopol flag.svg
Flag
COA Simferopol.svg
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 
Город пользы   ‹See Tfd› (in Russian)
The City of usefulness  (translation)
Simferopol municipality in Crimea (disputed status).svg
Simferopol (red) on a map of Crimea.
Coordinates: 44°57′7″N34°6′8″E / 44.95194°N 34.10222°E / 44.95194; 34.10222 Coordinates: 44°57′7″N34°6′8″E / 44.95194°N 34.10222°E / 44.95194; 34.10222
CountryFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine (de jure)
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (de facto)
Region Flag of Crimea.svg Crimea2
Municipality Simferopol Municipality
Founded31784
Boroughs
Area
  Total107 km2 (41 sq mi)
Elevation
350 m (1,150 ft)
Population
 (2014)
  Total332,317
  Density3,183.17/km2 (8,244.4/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Simferopolitan
Time zone UTC+3 (MSK (de facto))
Postal code
295000—295490 (de facto)
Area code(s) +7 3652
Licence plate AK(UA) 82(Rus) [1]
Sister cities Heidelberg, Kecskemét, Salem, Bursa, Eskişehir, Rousse, Nizhny Novgorod
Website simgov.ru , de facto
1 City of regional significance (de jure) or city of federal subject significance (de facto), depending on jurisdiction.

2 Autonomous Republic of Crimea (de jure) or Republic of Crimea (de facto), depending on jurisdiction.

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3 Founded in 1784 as Simferopol, previously known under the Crimean Tatar Aqmescit.

Simferopol ( /ˌsɪmfəˈrpəl/ ; Russian :Симферополь,IPA:  [sʲɪmfʲɪˈropəlʲ] ; Ukrainian : Сімферополь, pronounced  [sʲimfɛˈrɔpɔlʲ] ; Crimean Tatar : Aqmescit, Акъмесджит) is a city on the Crimean Peninsula which is, since the 2014 annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the de facto capital city of the Republic of Crimea within the Russian Federation. De jure, it remains the capital city of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea within Ukraine. The status of Crimea is disputed between Russia and Ukraine as a result of the 2014 vote to join Russia, which was held during Russian military intervention, [2] and the subsequent annexation. Simferopol is an important political, economic and transport hub of the peninsula, and serves as the administrative centre of both Simferopol Municipality and Simferopol District, though it does not belong to the district. Population: 332,317 (2014 Census). [3]

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although nearly three decades have passed since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia.

Ukrainian language language member of the East Slavic subgroup of the Slavic languages

Ukrainian is an East Slavic language. It is the official state language of Ukraine and one of the three official languages in the unrecognized state of Transnistria, the other two being Romanian and Russian. Written Ukrainian uses a variant of the Cyrillic script.

Crimean Tatar language Turkic language spoken in Crimea, Central Asia (mainly in Uzbekistan), and the Crimean Tatar diasporas in Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria

Crimean Tatar, sometimes also called Crimean Turkic or simply Crimean, is a Kipchak Turkic language spoken in Crimea and the Crimean Tatar diasporas of Uzbekistan, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria, as well as small communities in the United States and Canada. It should not be confused with Tatar proper, spoken in Tatarstan and adjacent regions in Russia; the languages are related, but belong to two different subgroups of the Kipchak languages and thus are not mutually intelligible. Crimean Tatar arrived in the 13th century with the Mongol Golden Horde, succeeding the Crimean Greek and Crimean Gothic Principality of Theodoro, and continued through the 15th–18th century Crimean Khanate period. Though only distantly related, it has been extensively influenced by nearby Oghuz Turkic languages such as Azerbaijani, Turkish and Turkmen.

Archaeological evidence in Simferopol indicates the existence of an ancient Scythian city, collectively known as the Scythian Neapolis. The location was also home to a Crimean Tatar town, Aqmescit. After the annexation of the Crimean Khanate to the Russian Empire, the city's name was changed to its present Simferopol.

Scythia multinational region of Central Eurasia in the classical era

Scythia was a region of Central Eurasia in classical antiquity, occupied by the Eastern Iranian Scythians, encompassing Central Asia and parts of Eastern Europe east of the Vistula River, with the eastern edges of the region vaguely defined by the Greeks. The Ancient Greeks gave the name Scythia to all the lands north-east of Europe and the northern coast of the Black Sea.

Scythian Neapolis human settlement in Simferopol, Republic of Crimea, Ukraine

Scythian Neapolis was a settlement that existed from the end of the 3rd century BC until the second half of the 3rd century AD. Anciently, it was considered a town of the Tauric Chersonesus (Crimea). The archeological ruins sit on the outskirts of the present-day Simferopol. This city was the center of the Crimean Scythian tribes, led by Skilurus and Palacus. The town ruled over a small kingdom, covering the lands between the lower Dnieper river and Crimea. In the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, it was a city "with a mixed Scythian-Greek population, strong defensive walls and large public buildings constructed using the orders of Greek architecture". Neapolis was destroyed halfway through the 3rd century AD by the Goths.

Crimean Tatars Ethnic group

Crimean Tatars are a Turkic ethnic group, who are indigenous people of Crimea and formed in the Crimean Peninsula during the 13th–17th centuries, primarily from Cumans that appeared in Crimea in the 10th century, with strong contributions from all the peoples who ever inhabited Crimea. Since 2014 Crimean Tatars have been officially recognized as an indigenous people of Ukraine. Crimean Tatars are also listed among the indigenous peoples of Russia.

Etymologies

The name comes from the Greek Sympheropolis (Greek : Συμφερόπολις, Symferópolis), meaning city of common good. It is spelled Simferopol (Ukrainian : Сімферо́поль; Russian: Симферо́поль [sʲɪmfʲɪˈropəlʲ] ) or Symferopil (Ukrainian : Симферопіль). [4]

Greek language Language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

In Crimean Tatar, the name of the city is Aqmescit, which means The white mosque (Aq—white, and mescit—mosque). In English, the name was often given as Akmechet or Ak-Mechet (e.g. in Encyclopædia Britannica [5] ), a transliteration from Russian Акмечет, Ак-Мечеть, where Mechet (Мечеть) is the Russian word for "mosque".

<i>Encyclopædia Britannica</i> General knowledge English-language encyclopaedia

The Encyclopædia Britannica, formerly published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., is a general knowledge English-language encyclopaedia. It was written by about 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 contributors. The 2010 version of the 15th edition, which spans 32 volumes and 32,640 pages, was the last printed edition.

History

Early history

The city in 1856, by Carlo Bossoli. Karlo Bossoli. Simferopol'.jpg
The city in 1856, by Carlo Bossoli.

Archaeological evidence in the Chokurcha cave shows the presence of ancient people living in the territory of modern Simferopol. The Scythian Neapolis, known by its Greek name, is also located in the city, which is the remnants of an ancient capital of the Crimean Scythians who lived on the territory from the 3rd century BC to the 4th century AD. [6]

Later, the Crimean Tatars founded the town of Aqmescit. For some time, Aqmescit served as the residence of the Qalğa-Sultan, the second most important position in the Crimean Khanate after the Khan himself. [7]

Crimean Khanate former state at the Crimean Peninsula until April 1783

The Crimean Khanate was a Turkic state of the Ottoman Empire from 1441 to 1783, the longest-lived of the Turkic khanates that succeeded the empire of the Golden Horde of Mongol origin. Established by Hacı I Giray in 1441, the Crimean khans were the patrilineal descendants of Toqa Temür, thirteenth son of Jochi and grandson of Genghis Khan through marriage; Temür married one of Genghis Khan's granddaughters. Though, according to a well-known Russian historian, Doctor of Historical Sciences, professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences Zaitsev Ilya Vladimirovich, the Crimean Khanate was an independent state during all its history. The khanate was located in present-day Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova.

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Coat of arms from 1844–1920.

Russian Empire

The city was renamed Simferopol in 1784 after the annexation of the Crimean Khanate to the Russian Empire by Catherine II of Russia. The name Simferopol is in Greek, Συμφερόπολις (Simferopolis), and literally means "the city of usefulness." The tradition to give Greek names to places in newly acquired southern territories was carried out by Empress Catherine the Great as part of her Greek Plan. [7] [8] In 1802, Simferopol became the administrative centre of the Taurida Governorate. During the Crimean War of 1854–1856, the Russian Imperial Army reserves and a hospital were stationed in the city. After the war, more than 30,000 Russian soldiers were buried in the city's vicinity.

20th-century wars

In the 20th century, Simferopol was once again affected by wars and conflicts in the region. At the end of the Russian Civil War, the headquarters of General Pyotr Wrangel, leader of the anti-Bolshevik White Army, were located there. On 13 November 1920, the Red Army captured the city and on 18 October 1921, Simferopol became the capital of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

OT-34, monument of World War II TankT34.jpg
OT-34, monument of World War II

During World War II, Simferopol was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1 November 1941 to 13 April 1944. Retreating NKVD police shot a number of prisoners on 31 October 1941 in the NKVD building and the city's prison. [9] Germans perpetrated one of the largest war-time massacres in Simferopol, killing in total over 22,000 locals—mostly Jews, Russians, Krymchaks, and Romani. [10] On one occasion, starting 9 December 1941, the Einsatzgruppen D under Otto Ohlendorf's command killed an estimated 14,300 Simferopol residents; most of them were Jews. [11]

In April 1944 the Red Army liberated Simferopol. On 18 May 1944 the Crimean Tatar population of the city, along with the whole Crimean Tatar nation of Crimea, was forcibly deported to Central Asia in a form of collective punishment.

Within Ukraine

On 26 April 1954 Simferopol, together with the rest of the Crimean Oblast, was transferred from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

An asteroid, discovered in 1970 by Soviet astronomer Tamara Mikhailovna Smirnova, is named after the city (2141 Simferopol). [12]

Following a referendum on 20 January 1991, the Crimean Oblast was upgraded an Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic on 12 February 1991 by the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR. [13] Simferopol became the capital of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Simferopol became the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea within newly independent Ukraine. Today, the city has a population of 340,600 (2006) most of whom are ethnic Russians, with the rest being Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar minorities.

After the Crimean Tatars were allowed to return from exile in the 1990s, several new Crimean Tatar suburbs were constructed, as many more Tatars returned to the city compared to number exiled in 1944. Land ownership between the current residents and returning Crimean Tatars is a major area of conflict today with the Tatars requesting the return of lands seized after their deportation. [14]

Russian annexation

On 16 March 2014, a referendum was held whose results showed that a majority of Crimeans voted in favour of independence of Crimea from Ukraine and joining Russia as a federal subject. The legitimacy of the referendum's results has been questioned by several nations and independent news organizations. [15] On 21 March, Simferopol officially became the capital of a new federal subject of the Russian Federation. [16] The referendum was not recognized internationally, and the event was viewed by many as an annexation of the Crimean land by the Russian Federation.

On 14 September 2014, municipal elections were held as part of the Russian Federation, the first elections since the Crimean status referendum of 16 March 2014.

Geography and climate

The Simferopol Reservoir provides clean drinking water to the city. Simferopol Reservoir.jpg
The Simferopol Reservoir provides clean drinking water to the city.

Location

Simferopol is located in the south-central portion of the Crimean Peninsula. The city lies on the Salhir River and near the artificial Simferopol Reservoir, which provides the city with clean drinking water. The Simferopol Reservoir's earth dam is the biggest in Europe.

Climate

The city experiences a humid subtropical or oceanic climate (depending on which version of the Köppen climate classification is used), [17] near the boundary of the humid continental climate. The average temperature in January is 0.2  °C (32.4  °F ) and 22.3 °C (72.1 °F) in July. The average rainfall is 514 millimetres (20.2 in) per year, and there is a total of 2,471 hours of sunshine per year.

Climate data for Simferopol, 1981–2010 normals
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)20.4
(68.7)
21.9
(71.4)
28.7
(83.7)
31.5
(88.7)
34.2
(93.6)
37.7
(99.9)
39.3
(102.7)
39.5
(103.1)
37.2
(99.0)
33.3
(91.9)
28.0
(82.4)
25.4
(77.7)
39.5
(103.1)
Average high °C (°F)3.9
(39.0)
4.7
(40.5)
9.1
(48.4)
15.9
(60.6)
21.4
(70.5)
25.7
(78.3)
28.9
(84.0)
28.7
(83.7)
23.1
(73.6)
17.0
(62.6)
10.4
(50.7)
5.6
(42.1)
16.2
(61.2)
Daily mean °C (°F)0.2
(32.4)
0.4
(32.7)
3.9
(39.0)
9.9
(49.8)
15.1
(59.2)
19.5
(67.1)
22.3
(72.1)
22.0
(71.6)
16.9
(62.4)
11.3
(52.3)
5.8
(42.4)
2.0
(35.6)
10.8
(51.4)
Average low °C (°F)−2.9
(26.8)
−3.2
(26.2)
−0.3
(31.5)
4.8
(40.6)
9.5
(49.1)
13.9
(57.0)
16.5
(61.7)
16.1
(61.0)
11.2
(52.2)
6.8
(44.2)
2.2
(36.0)
−1.1
(30.0)
6.2
(43.2)
Record low °C (°F)−26.0
(−14.8)
−30.3
(−22.5)
−18.4
(−1.1)
−11.1
(12.0)
−8.4
(16.9)
0.7
(33.3)
3.6
(38.5)
3.8
(38.8)
−5.1
(22.8)
−11.4
(11.5)
−21.7
(−7.1)
−23.2
(−9.8)
−30.3
(−22.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches)39
(1.5)
36
(1.4)
37
(1.5)
34
(1.3)
34
(1.3)
58
(2.3)
47
(1.9)
52
(2.0)
42
(1.7)
42
(1.7)
49
(1.9)
45
(1.8)
515
(20.3)
Average rainy days1211111110118710111314129
Average snowy days1111710000014944
Average relative humidity (%)85817669686763636976828474
Mean monthly sunshine hours 88100164211282314341316261204114752,470
Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net [18]
Source #2: NOAA (sun 1961–1990) [19]

Politics and administrative divisions

Simferopol's city centre Simferopol 04-14 img19 K-Marx-Street.jpg
Simferopol's city centre
The Crimean Trolleybus runs from Simferopol to Yalta. Simferopol 04-14 img28 train station square.jpg
The Crimean Trolleybus runs from Simferopol to Yalta.

As the capital of the Republic, Simferopol houses its political structure including the Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Simferopol is also the administrative centre of the Simferopolskyi District (raion), however, it is directly subordinate to the Crimean authorities rather than to the district authorities housed in the city itself.

The city of Simferopol is administratively divided into three districts (Zaliznychnyi, Tsentralnyi, and Kyivskyi), four urban-type settlements (Ahrarne, Aeroflotskyi, Hriesivskyi, Komsomolske) and one village (Bitumne). [20]

Viktor Ageev became city mayor on November 11, 2010 and was then elected chairman of the Simferopol City Council on September 29, 2014. [21]

Igor Lukashyov was installed as the head of Simferopol City administration (i.e. local executive) after Russia annexed the region in 2014. He served in this position until his dismissal on November 9, 2018. [22]

Transportation

Simferopol has a major railway station, which serves millions of tourists each year. In December 2014 Ukraine cut the railway line to Crimea at the border. Currently, the station serves only a commuter (regional) passenger train and the Moscow – Simferopol train every day.

The city is also connected via the Simferopol International Airport, which was constructed in 1936. [23] Zavodskoye Airport is situated southwest of Simferopol.

The city has several main bus stations, with routes towards many cities, including Sevastopol, Kerch, Yalta, and Yevpatoriya. The Crimean Trolleybus connects Simferopol to the city of Yalta on Crimean Black Sea coast. The line is the longest trolleybus line in the world with a total length of 86 kilometres (53 mi) [24] (since 2014 again 96 kilometres (60 mi)).

The streets of Simferopol have a rare house numbering – the odd numbers are on the right side of the road, looking in the direction in which the numbers increase.

Demographics

At the last census in 2014, the population of Simferopol was 332,317, the highest of any city in the Republic of Crimea and second only to Sevastopol within the Crimean peninsula.

Economy

When it existed, Crimea Air had its head office on the grounds of Simferopol Airport. [25] Simferopol hosts some industries, such as 'Zavod 'Phiolent' JSC producing Marine automation control systems; Precise electrical micro machines of low input power; Power tools, for both professional and household usage.

Industry

Education

The largest collection of higher education institutions in Crimea is located in Simferopol. Among them is the largest university in Simferopol and Crimea, the Taurida V.Vernadsky National University, which was founded in 1917. [26] Crimea State Medical University named after S. I. Georgievsky, also located in Simferopol, is one of the most prominent medical schools of Ukraine. The Crimean Medical University is situated on the plot, where in 1855 a nursery garden was planted by the founder of the Nikita Botanical Gardens Ch.Ch.Steven (1781–1863). In 1863–66 a school for girls was built here and in 1931 a medical institute was opened. On the same plot P.Krzhizhanovsky built a three-storey hostel for medical students after the design in 1934. The building with clear geometric masses was completed in 1938. A new federal university campus was opened August 4, 2014.

Sports

Simferopol is home to the football club FC TSK Simferopol which plays in the Crimean Premier League. It was formed as a Russian club in 2014, following the 2014 Crimean Conflict, to replace the Ukrainian club Tavriya Simferopol which had been the first winners of the Ukraine Premier League, and also won the Ukrainian Cup in 2010.

Famous people

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Simferopol is currently twinned with:

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