"After long suffering always comes relief"

"Crimea 5 am" is an international project dedicated to political prisoners. Its purpose is to draw the attention of Ukrainian and international society to human rights violations in the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula. Since 2014, civil activists and in particular representatives of the indigenous people of Ukraine - Crimean Tatars have been persecuted by the occupation regime. We know about these events, but we have little information about the prisoners themselves, their families and life in Crimea under occupation. The lack of such information does not allow us to really sympathize and feel their fates, act in favour of their interests, protection and liberation. That's why the Ukrainian Institute together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine initiated the project "Crimea 5 am" within the activity of the Crimean Platform so as many people as possible could learn stories of political prisoners and their families and in general get an idea of life of Crimean Tatars in conditions of occupation.

The project consists of three main components: a documentary performance by Dmytro Kostyuminskyi based on the play by Natalia Vorozhbyt and Anastasiia Kosodii, a book about the project and its heroes, and an information campaign with the participation of Ukrainian and foreign celebrities. Project curators - Alim Aliev and Nadia Sokolenko.

The project is implemented by ITC Dolmen at the initiative of the Ukrainian Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The project is implemented within the framework of the Crimean platform.

Project initiators

  • Ukrainian Institute
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Crimean Platform


  • Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
  • Dollmen Theater Company

Media partners

  • Human rights center ZMINA
  • Center for Civil Liberties
  • Pen Ukraine
  • Crimean Human Rights Group
  • Media Initiative for Human Rights
  • Crimea SOS
  • Amnesty International Ukraine
  • Crimean Tatar Resource Center
  • Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
  • Ukrainian Pravda