The occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014 caused dramatic changes in the lives of thousands of people who were later forced to leave the peninsula. According to unofficial data, this figure reaches 50,000. Half of them are the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people. At the same time, those Crimean Tatars who remain in the occupied territory are systematically subjected to repression and pressure.
How do these people live? How have their lives changed? What difficulties do they face with? How do they fight for their bright future? What do they dream about? You can get answers to these questions in 20 stories of Crimean Tatar families prepared by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center with the support of the Democracy Grants Program of the US Embassy to Ukraine within the framework of the Hostages of Occupation project.
- Lilia Hemedzhi, lawyer: https://bit.ly/33uYiNK
- Shevket Namatullaiev, journalist: https://bit.ly/35LhNEQ
- Asan Chapukh, activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement: https://bit.ly/2E9N3lt
- Elmira Kataki, craftswoman of the Crimean Tatar embroidery: https://bit.ly/33FH8Ny
- Aliye Kendzhe-Ali, poetess: https://bit.ly/3iEksDN
- Rustem Skybin, ceramic artist, designer: https://bit.ly/3hCsoEb
- Suleyman Kadyrov, police lieutenant colonel: https://bit.ly/32IB1Jn
- Isa Akayev, Russian-Ukrainian war veteran: https://bit.ly/3c5AsvW
- Ibrahim and Aliye Kashka, son and granddaughter of Vedzhie Kashka: https://bit.ly/2E8d3gU
- Olha and Mark Shaimardanov, wife and son of Timur Shaimardanov, who disappeared in Crimea: https://bit.ly/3kqGcU9
- Zarema Zekiryaeva, the wife of political prisoner Server Zekiryaev: https://bit.ly/2RC6Pce
- Mustafa and Sevilia Urkumetov, Ukrainian military: https://bit.ly/2FLRQtw
- Lutfiye Zudiyeva, human rights activist: https://bit.ly/2RC6RAS
- Alimdar Bilyalov, activist, streamer: https://bit.ly/33G7sai
- Zair Smedlyaev, head of the CEC of the Kurultay of the Crimean Tatar People: https://bit.ly/2FFB7Zp
- Fatma Ismailova, wife of the political prisoner Rustem Ismailov, daughter of the political prisoner Enver Omerov and sister of the political prisoner Riza Omerov, mother of three young children: https://bit.ly/2FuKyuN
- Murtaza and Fatime Osmanov, house-painters: https://bit.ly/2RxeWqH
- Zera Bekirova, former editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Yañı Dünya”, publicist, member of the Writers' Union of Ukraine: https://bit.ly/32F2yek
- Enver Bekirov, activist: https://bit.ly/3kpWDzV
- Eskender and Zarema Bariiev, human rights defenders: https://bit.ly/33DWVwm
We remind that on February 26, 2020 in Kyiv, a presentation of the album and exhibition-exposition “Hostages of the Occupation” took place, which tells about the fate of 20 Crimean Tatar families after the annexation of the peninsula. On March 10, the exhibition opened in Vinnytsia. Also, the presentation of the project is planned in Lviv and Dnipro.
The project was implemented by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center with the support of the Democracy Grants Program of the US Embassy to Ukraine within the framework of the Hostages of Occupation project.