On March 28 (Tuesday), an exhibition of photographs by Ukrainian reporters who worked in Crimea after the occupation began, covering human rights violations and filming the lives of families of political prisoners, will be opened at the Central Department Store Lutsk – TSUM ART GALLERY (1 Voly Avenue, 5th floor). Lutsk is one of the six regional centers of Ukraine where the photo exhibition “Stories from the Occupied Crimea” will be shown.
At 11:00, a press conference will begin, during which speakers will talk about the idea of creating the exhibition, the persecution of Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian activists, and the current situation in Crimea. After the press conference, journalists will be invited to see the exhibition. “Stories from the occupied Crimea”.
Speakers of the event:
- Tetyana Pechonchyk, Head of the Board of ZMINA. Human Rights Center;
- Alyona Savchuk, one of the authors of the photos, reporter;
- Volodymyr Chekrygin, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Crimean Human Rights Group;
- Petro Vyhivskyi, father of political prisoner Valentyn Vyhivskyi, member of the Board of the Association of Relatives of Political Prisoners of the Kremlin;
- Yevhen Bondarenko, Head of the Information Support Department of the Mission.
From the very beginning of the occupation of Crimea, Russia has been carrying out large-scale repressions. As of today, more than 150 people – most of them Crimean Tatars – have been imprisoned for political reasons, 43 Ukrainian activists have been abducted, 11 of them are missing, and one person remains in custody. The repression is currently ongoing.
For 10 days, residents and guests of Lutsk will be able to see the works of Ukrainian reporters Alina Smutko, Taras Ibragimov and Alyona Savchuk, who documented the lives of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian activists in Crimea from 2014 to 2019.
Last October, the photo exhibition “Stories from the Occupied Crimea” was presented at the First Parliamentary Summit of the Crimean Platform (Zagreb, Croatia), and in December – during the celebrations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Mission.
In addition to Lutsk, the photo exhibition “Stories from the Occupied Crimea” was shown in Khmelnytskyi, Kropyvnytskyi, Chernivtsi and Dnipro, and will be held in Lviv.