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Exhibition "Russian War Crimes House" Davos 2022

The Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers (UAPP), in collaboration with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, PinchukArtCentre, the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and the online publication "Ukrainska Pravda", implemented a project presenting an exhibition about Russia's war crimes in Ukraine. The opening of the "Russian War Crimes House" took place on May 23, 2022, in Davos, Switzerland.

This year, Russia was absent in Davos, but its crimes will not go unnoticed. The Russian War Crimes House is located in the building of the former "Russian House". It's a symbolic gesture that drew the world's attention to the reality regarding Russia. A country that not only invaded a peaceful nation but also actively attacks the civilian population of Ukraine, committing real atrocities such as rapes, executions, and bombardments. The exhibition features photographs taken throughout Ukraine from the beginning of the war until early May. The project depicts only a small fraction of the known crimes. However, in this way, the exhibition gives faces and names back to Ukrainians who have become statistics. Thanks to it, numbers become humans again, and amid the vast number of crimes, some victims get the opportunity to speak out and share their story.

The "Russian War Crimes House" consisted of an exhibition and a series of discussions. Political, economic, and social leaders from Ukraine and around the world examined the Russian invasion and Russian war crimes. They provided comments on the current situation in Ukraine and explored possible scenarios for holding the perpetrators accountable.

"Participants of the World Economic Forum will be able to see the evidence and hear the stories of some of the victims, which will provide a real insight into the pain and devastation inflicted by Russia and, more importantly, the true strength and uniqueness of the Ukrainian people," emphasized the organizers of the exhibition.

At the opening, among others, the mayors of the Ukrainian cities Bucha and Melitopol, which suffered from the Russian invasion, spoke. Also speaking were the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Irina Venediktova, the Ombudsman of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights, Lyudmila Denisova, and a doctor from Mariupol, Oksana Kirsanova, who shared her personal story of working under the city's blockade conditions.

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