Protecting Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian Culture 

May 18, 2023 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Event Overview

Crimeans and Ukrainians continue to fight to preserve their culture and heritage in occupied Ukraine.

After the illegal occupation of Crimea in 2014, Russia continues to pursue its cruel campaign to erase the culture of all Ukrainian citizens. From destroying heritage centers to forcibly deporting children, the Kremlin continues committing crimes against Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian culture, language, and traditions.
On May 18, 2023 - the Day of Remembrance of Crimean Tatar Deportation - experts discuss Russia’s attempts at cultural erasure and the international community’s response to protection of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar cultural heritage in temporary occupied Crimea.

Welcome and Introduction

Sam Greene, Director, Democratic Resilience, Center for European Policy Analysis


Opening Remarks

H.E. Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States



Elmira Ablyalimova-Chiyhoz, Head, Crimean Institute for Strategic Studies

Alim Aliev, Deputy Director, Ukrainian Institute

Kateryna Busol, Senior Lecturer, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine  

Maria Tomak, Head, Crimea Platform Department at the Mission of the President of Ukraine in Crimea


Moderated by

Elina Beketova, Democracy Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis


This event is hosted in partnership with the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States. 

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