The annexation of Crimea in 2014 brought about many internal problems. The laws and rules established by the Russian Federation in Crimea have significantly complicated NGOs’ work and, in some places, even made it impossible for them to operate. New human rights movements have emerged in response to the Kremlin’s aggressive policy toward ethnic and religious minorities, as well as toward ordinary citizens who opposed the establishment of the Russian regime. The purpose of this paper is to establish the real state of development of the civil society in Crimea and to describe the conditions in which it has to operate.

Valeriia Skvortsova is a civil society analyst at the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR). She obtained a master’s degree in International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The key areas of her research interests are public diplomacy and democratic process, and US foreign policy with a focus on US-China relations.

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