Anastasia Vlasova

Anastasia Vlasova

Crimean Tatars are a Muslim minority, originally based in Crimea, but who were exiled from there in 1944 under Stalin’s rule to Central Asia.

In 2014 more than 2,000 Crimean Tatars moved to Western Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

For a long time, Crimean Tatars were known as nomads who were taken away from home by a Soviet repression machine and forced to spend 50 years in exile in Central Asia, but who struggled numerous human rights violations to come back home, to their dream land, Crimea.

The history has repeated itself in 2014 when thousands of Crimean Tatars left their homes for the second time not to become victims of Russian repressions again. Witnessing the second exile of Crimean Tatar nation, I am exploring the strong connections they have with their land and discovering how the Tatars get along in another society.