Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Persecution and discrimination against women in the occupied Crimea

4 August 2021

After the occupation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, hundreds of activists have fallen under repression for their civic position. First of all, there were only men. However, the Russian authorities did not stop and began to infringe on the rights of the female half of the population of the peninsula.

The occupants no longer look at the floor. Hundreds of women and girls have faced harassment and discrimination.

The most vulnerable group on the peninsula are the families of the Kremlin's political prisoners, who were left without male support:

 64 wives

 119 mothers

 98 daughters

The persecution of Crimean activists has become a negative trend. Since 2014, the CTRC has recorded the following violations of women's rights:

18 home searches:

journalists Lilia Budzhurova, Anna Andriievska, Natalia Kokorina, Elmaz Abduveliieva

Photographer Leniiara Abibullaieva

ex-director of the ATR TV channel Elzara Isliamova (2 times)

bloggers Elina Mamedova, Nazife Seitumerova, Hulsum Aliieva

the teacher of the Crimean Tatar language Lenara Mustafaieva

activists Nadzhiie Kaidanova, Larysa Kytaiska, Halyna Baloban, Natalia Kharchenko, Zarema Kulametova, Olha Pavlenko, Ludovica Papadopolu

3 attempts to prosecute:

poetess Aliie Kendzhaliieva

blogger Olena Mamedova

activist Hulsum Aliieva

2 arrests in absentia:

journalist Hulsum Khalilova

daughter of a political prisoner Eleonora Bekirova

21 administrative cases in relation to:

relatives of political prisoners Venera Mustafayeva, Sevilia Omerova, Zora Emiruseinova, Emine Abdulhaniieva, Zelikha Abkhairova, Muniver Keliamova, Marharyta Dzhapparova, Fatma Ismailova, Aisha Asanova, Elvina Useinova, Fera Abdulaieva

activists Zarema Kulametova, Rianna Kulametova, Larysa Kurashkina, Sanie Ametova, Zeynep Aidogan, Valentyna Matveieva, Tetiana Stepina, Yana Yaroslav, Lutfiie Zudiieva and Mumine Saliieva

5 prosecutions:

Larysa Kytaiska

Halyna Dovhopola

Anna Sukhonosova

Nina Malakhova

Zarema Kulametova

1 enforced disappearance:

mother of many children Abibe Reshatova

2 cases of pressure on lawyers:

Lilia Hemedzhi

Emine Avamileva

In addition, 12 women died during the occupation:

Vedzhiie Kashka

Mumine Aliieva

victims of the Kerch terrorist attack Anastasiia Baklanova, Svitlana Baklanova, Kseniia Boldina, Victoriia Demchuk, Anna Zhuravliova, Nazmiie Ibrahimova, Alina Kerova, Larysa Kudriatsova, Liudmyla Ustenko, Daria Cheherest

We see that women in Crimea are subjected to violation of their rights and psychological pressure by the occupation authorities.

We demand from Russia to fulfill its international obligations and end discrimination against women and illegal persecution of all residents of Crimea.