Embassy of Ukraine in Prague / Velvyslanectví Ukrajiny v Praze


The modern history of Crimean Tatars is also a history of arrests, persecutions, judicial investigations and children growing up without parents. On the occasion of the Crimean Tatar Flag Day near the Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic opened in cooperation with the Crimean House in Kiev an exhibition of photographs of human rights activist and journalist Anton Naumlyuk ′′ Adult Crimean childhood ".

Being a child of a political prisoner in the occupied Crimea is growing up with a stigma: ′′ son of a terrorist ", ′′ daughter of a spy ′′ or ′′ granddaughter of an extremist ". Children in photographs are not different from ordinary kids: someone goes to school, someone goes to children's kindergarten. However, the reality of Crimean childhood distinguishes one thing - they were forced to grow up early. These photos are not just about children, they are about their parents who can't watch their children grow up. The exhibition presents 16 photo stories of journalist Anton Naumlyuk. These are photos of children left without parents and close relatives who were imprisoned for political reasons in the occupied Crimea.

In total, at least 102 people are currently in prisons of Russia and temporarily occupied Crimea. 76 of this list are Crimean Tatars. The most convicted among the representatives of the religious organizations ′′ Hizb ut-Tahrir ′′ and ′′ Jehovah's Witnesses ", considered terrorist in Russia, but their activities are legal in Ukraine and the EU. About 200 children left without parents who went to jail in fabricated cases.

Anton Naumlyuk is a Russian human rights activist, journalist and photographer, freesign correspondent of the Russian service ′′ Radio Liberty ′′ in Crimea and in Kiev. Since 2019-the head of the Kiev Internet project ′′ Grats ". Thanks to the author Anton Naumliuk for the photos and Alim Aliev from the Crimean House in Kiev / Ukrainian Institute for help in preparing the exhibition.

Being a child of a political prisoner in occupied Crimea means growing up with a stigma: ′′ son of a terrorist ", ′′ spy daughter "", ′′ extremist granddaughter ". Children in the photos presented at this exhibition are no different from their peers at first sight, they go to kindergarten, some already school, they play. In one, however, their childhood experienced in the current Crimea is different: they were forced to grow up earlier. However, the pictures do not only tell about the fate of these children, but there are also stories of their parents, who from behind bars do not have the opportunity to see and be there when their descendants grow up. The author of the exhibition opened today at the Ukrainian Embassy in Prague is journalist Anton Naumliuk, who photographed and wrote down stories of children who were left without parents and close relatives, who are imprisoned in the occupied Crimea for political reasons.

After the Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014, persecution is on a daily basis for political and religious reasons on the peninsula, arrested and illegally judged and imprisoned human rights activists including Crimean Tatars. Nearly two hundred children were left without one of the parents trapped after the processes that were constructed. For political reasons, 102 people are detained in Russian prisons and temporarily occupied Crimea for political reasons-76 of them are Crimean Tatars. Most of the convicts are members of the religious organizations Hizb ut-Tahrir and Jehovah's Witnesses, which are considered terrorist in Russia, while in Ukraine and the European Union their activities are legal.

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