The Return of Crimea

The Return of Crimea

The VOLYA Institute for Contemporary Law and Society and the NYU Program in International Relations are happy to announce an upcoming panel discussion on March 6th, 2018 titled “The Return of Crimea”.

The event “The Return of Crimea” calls upon the Ukrainian community and those concerned about the fate of Crimea and its people, following the peninsula’s illegal referendum and annexation by the Russian Federation in March of 2014.

This event will mark four years since the fateful series of events that led to the collapse of democratic order and human rights in the Crimean peninsula, only to be replaced by a regime of terror and persecution by the Russian Federation and its proxy powers.

“The Return of Crimea” considers scenarios in which Crimea is rightfully returned not only to Ukraine, but as well as tunes into the conversations happening around the world on how to protect freedoms and human rights in times of disruption and uncertainty. Most importantly, “The Return of Crimea” will discuss the return of justice to Ukrainian Crimea, in the various forms it may take.

Opening Remarks:
Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.

Ayla Bakkali, Representative of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis in the US
Eugene Fishel, Division Chief, US State Department
Anna Makanju, Former Special Advisor on Europe and Eurasia, Office of US Vice President Joe Biden
Alexander Vershbow, Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council; former Deputy Secretary General of NATO

Myroslava Gongadze, Chief of VOA’s Ukrainian Service


19 University Place, Room 102, New York City, NY 10003View Map
A reception will be held in the adjacent Room 101 at 6:00 pm, prior to the start of the panel discussion.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please e-mail any questions or requests to Maryna Prykhodko, Director-at-Large of the VOLYA Institute, at

Organized by VOLYA Institute for Contemporary Law and Society; Co-Sponsored by the NYU Program in International Relations, and the Self Reliance New York Federal Credit Union



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