Alexander Tamarin — a descendant of the Gerays, a military man who grew roses

The list of repressed Crimean Tatars contains the name of Alexander Tamarin. Until 1918 he bore the surname Khan-Girey, as he was a descendant of the khans. He was a nobleman. He served in the czar’s forces, then in the Red Army, and also … he grew roses. Alexander Tamarin was a famous agronomist, worked at the “Dalstroy” agrobase in Vladivostok, and became the first manager of the Kolyma experimental agricultural station. He bred several varieties of roses, cabbage and potatoes. But his merits did not save him from repression — in 1938 Tamarin was shot as an enemy.