S. I. Grigoriev. “…The independence of the Tatars in Crimea is unreliable for us…”: when did St. Petersburg actually decide to annex Crimea to Russia? // Petersburg historical journal, 2022, no. 3, pp. 21–32
The article analyzes the process of formation and subsequent changes in the views of Empress Catherine II and the top leadership of Russia on the “Crimean question” in the 1770s: from the desire to proclaim an independent state in Crimea (1769), through the approval of the actual protectorate of the Russian Empire over the Crimean Khanate (1777) — to the adoption of a strategic course for accession Crimea to Russia in the near future (1779). The general causes of the crisis and collapse of the Crimean statehood of the period of independence of 1771–1783 are also considered.
Crimean Khanate, Catherine II, Shahin-Gerai, independence, history of diplomacy.
Grigoriev, Sergey Igorevich — Candidate of Historical Sciences, a researcher at the A. V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum.