İsmail Gaspıralı (Gasprinsky) (March 8, 1851 - September 11, 1914) was a famous Crimean Tatar intellectual, educator, publisher and politician. He was one of the first Muslim intellectuals in the Russian Empire, who realized the need for education and cultural reform and modernization of the Turkic and Islamic communities. His last name comes from the town of Gaspra in Crimea.
Simferopol (Ukrainian: Сімферополь; Russian: Симферополь, meaning in Greek: city of common good; Crimean Tatar: Aqmescit, literally: The white mosque) is the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in southern Ukraine. As the capital of Crimea, Simferopol is an important political, economic, and transport center of the peninsula. As of 2006, the city's population is 340,600. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simferopol