Population of Crimea increases by 280,000 people since joining Russia - authorities

The population of Crimea has increased by 280,000 people since the region was reunited with Russia, Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Polonsky said.

The population of Crimea has increased by 280,000 people since the region was reunited with Russia, Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Polonsky said.

"The republic's population increased by 280,000 people over a little more than six months. If you drive by car or go by public transport in Simferopol, you, of course, feel that," Polonsky said at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Crimea in Simferopol on Monday.

According to the Crimean Statistics Department, the population of Crimea was over 1.9 million people in early 2014, when the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was part of Ukraine. In October, a population census was conducted in the Crimean Federal District of Russia. The first results of this census, including the number of the region's residents, will be published in early December.

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