Karaims

Karaims

About Karaims

The Crimean Karaites or Karaims are ethnic group derived from Turkic-speaking adherents of Karaism in Eastern Europe (especially former Russian Empire). "Qaray" is a Romanized spelling of the original name, while "Karaim" is a Russian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Polish name for the community. Defined themselves as originally centered in Crimea, Karaim were established in Trakai (Troki), Lithuania and Eastern Galicia from late medieval times.