One of the photos that will go into atlas for Larousse Photo: Bjarne Kim Pedersen
People from all over the world are taking photographs of themselves holding signs saying “#CrimeaIsUkraine, Larousse, like *my city* is *my country*” to protest the publication of an atlas by the French publisher Larousse where Crimea is pictured as part of Russia. An atlas with the selfies will be given to Larousse as an anti-award on Christmas.
A UK publisher, Oxford University Press, recently also sparked controversy when it released a textbook where Crimea was also published as part of Russia. After appeals from the Ukrainian embassies and a public campaign, Oxford has pledged to correct the textbook, placing Crimea in Ukraine, and replace the erroneous textbooks free of charge. Larousse, however, has declined to comment and respond to public appeals, and continues selling the atlases.
The French NGO Ukraine Action will present an atlas of the #CrimeaIsUkraine photographs to Larousse at Editions Larousse 21 Rue du Montparnasse, 75283 Paris around Christmas as an anti-award for “for deceiving their customers, for ignoring public opinion, for approving a violation of international law.” You are welcome to submit your photographs to the fb event (all photos are from the event):
In February 2014, unmarked Russian soldiers occupied Ukrainian territory and initiated the takeover of government buildings in the Crimean peninsula. On 16 March 2014, a so-called “referendum” was held in Crimea, following which the territory was attached to Russia. On 24 March 2014, 100 countries, including France, adopted the UN Resolution 68/262 that affirms the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
After Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, the self-proclaimed authorities had engaged in numerous repressions against its indigenous population, the Crimean Tatars, which some commentators have called a “hybrid genocide.”