Crimean Regional Government

Крымское краевое правительство
Krymskoe kraevoe pravitel'stvo
Common languagesRussian · Crimean Tatar
Ukrainian · German
GovernmentLiberal republic
Prime Minister 
• 1918
Maciej Sulkiewicz
• 1918–1919
Solomon Krym
Historical eraWorld War I
• Crimean offensive
April 1918
• First government
25 June 1918
• German withdrawal
November 1918
• Second government
November 1918
• Red Army invasion
2 April 1919
• Soviet control reestablished
November 1920
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Crimean People's Republic
Taurida Soviet Socialist Republic
Crimean Socialist Soviet Republic
Today part of

Crimean Regional Government (Russian: Крымское краевое правительство Krymskoe kraevoe pravitel'stvo) refers to two successive short-lived regimes in the Crimean Peninsula during 1918 and 1919.


Following Russia's 1917 October Revolution, an ethnic Tatar government proclaimed the Crimean People's Republic. The republic was soon overrun by Bolshevik forces in early 1918 who established the Taurida Soviet Socialist Republic and then by the forces of the Ukrainian People's Republic with a military assistance from the German Empire in the Crimean Offensive at the end of April 1918.

The first Crimean Regional Government was established on 25 June 1918. It was formed under German protection with Lipka Tatar General Maciej (Suleyman) Sulkiewicz as prime minister, minister of interior and military affairs. There were efforts by Ukraine to exert control over Crimea but, with German support, the regional government remained separate from Ukraine though, in September and October, there were talks to effect a federation of the two.

Following the withdrawal of German troops from Crimea, the unpopular[1] Sulkiewicz fell from power on 25 November 1918 and was succeeded by Crimean Karaite politician and former Kadet member Solomon Krym. This liberal, anti-Bolshevik regime included fellow former Kadet member Maxim Vinaver as foreign minister and Vladimir D. Nabokov as minister of justice.[1] In late November 1918, troops of the Allies of World War I, mainly French and Greek, landed in Crimea but they withdrew in April 1919, after the loss of Odessa.

The Krym government, also called the Crimean Frontier Government,[2] began to crumble in early 1919 due to tensions with the Russian White movement's Volunteer Army under Anton Denikin which suspected the loyalty of its main figures.[3] The collapse of the World War I Central Powers and the withdrawal of the Allies had made the Crimea again fully dependent on Russia.

On 2 April 1919, the Soviet Red Army occupied Simferopol and the second Crimean Regional Government was dissolved. The Crimean Socialist Soviet Republic was then established only to be retaken by White forces in June 1919. The Whites under Denikin and later Pyotr Wrangel held Crimea until November 1920.

See also

Crimean Regional Government postage stamp, 1919
Crimean Regional Government postage stamp, 1919


  1. ^ a b Brian Boyd. Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years. Princeton University Press, 1993. p. 154.
  2. ^ Harold Henry Fisher. The Famine in Soviet Russia, 1919-1923: The Operations of the American Relief Administration. Ayer Publishing, 1971. p. 277.
  3. ^ Brian Boyd. Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years. Princeton University Press, 1993. p. 155.