"In Saint Petersburg live approximately 100,000 Tatars. Many of them have for generations. The founding of St. Petersburg would have been nearly impossible without the Tatars, or probably much harder to run. At the behest of Peter the First in 1703 hundreds of Tatar craftsmen and workers who laid the foundations of the city came from Russia and the first land reclemations were made and erected buildings. At first thousands died due to extreme soil and weather conditions. In the census of 1900 were 8,000 Muslims counted. . Depending on the origin settled Tatars and Bashkirs from Kazimov, Ufa, Astrakhan, Samara, Saratov, Orenburg, Siberia and Tobolsk in their own neighborhoods to. In the journal "Soviet Ethnography" , the author GV Starovoytova follows population statistics: In the mid-19th Century lived in Saint Petersburg 27.2 percent Kazan tatars, Mischar Tatars 30.6 percent, Kazimov Tatars 3.6 percent. The rest is distributed to all other areas of origin. This was the firm population, the numerous members of the Tartar army and fleet were counted separately. . Today, their number is estimated to 500,000. . Exact figures are not available because the propiska system and illegal migration exact surveys impossible. A good overview of the Tatar Saint Petersburg is the 2003 book "The Tatar Community of Saint Petersburg - to 300-year existence of the city." It was developed by the philologist Raxim Telyashov with the support of Tatar businessmen of the city issued and includes chapters on the history of the community, about Tatars in the tsarist fleet, its contribution in the defense of Leningrad, on Saint Petersburg as a Tatar cultural capital and other very interesting chapters."
"The Tatar alley to know the first Tatar settlement of the area around Kronwerk out. The Hanoverian envoy at the court Peter I., RF Weber, writes in his 1721 in Frankfurt aM published book "The change in Russia" that in this region, the first Tatar bazaar was established and the first quarter of Tartar, sometimes even consisting of yurts, were founded"