03. Feminism, activism

Until 10 years ago, feminism was not a criminal offense. The number of women political prisoners is growing every year. This dynamic is scary. The authorities interpret feminism as intrigues of Western secret services aimed at destroying the moral image of Russia. All activists of the feminist movement must now realize that feminism is a political movement. Feminism should stop being limited to Facebook posts. Feminism must stop being a privilege. We can no longer discuss our problems in a vacuum. We can leave Russia, we can set ourselves on fire like Irina Slavina. But this is not a sustainable way. And why do we need to do this? I believe that we can change the country. But at what cost and how long can we hold out? We need to unite against this and fight against domestic violence, we must also share the same dynamics and build bridges between LGBTIQ+, feminist and civic activism in order to solve these problems.

Yulia Tsvetkova

Projects of Yulia Tsvetkova

Komsomolka: Feminism of Intersections

Yulia Tsvetkova considers her main project to be the feminist educational platform “Komsomolka: Feminism of Intersections”.

This community was "a place of women's freedom and strength". Julia gave lectures and talks on women's history, women's art, the fight against domestic and sexual violence, and was also engaged in empowering girls. One of the most important lectures aimed at destigmatizing feminism in society was "Feminism is not extremism".

"A woman is not a doll", a comic about abuse, as well as portraits of strong and different women also appeared within the framework of “Komsomolka: Feminism of Intersections”. Paintings from the "Woman is not a Doll'' series were bought in 2020 by the Stedelejk City Museum (Amsterdam, Holland).
Empowerment and portraits of women
Woman is not a doll
Comic about abuse


The philosophy of the community center in Komsomolsk was also intersectional. It was important for Yulia Tsvetkova to create an open and “safe space where people with all their specialties are welcomed, and where people of all ages can share experiences, grow and help others''. In the center, Yulia organized workshops, exhibitions, lectures, and discussions. In general, it was a space for urban self-expression and the development of civic activism. Julia paid special attention to supporting the initiatives of ecoactivism in Komsolsk-on-Amur and discussing the environmental situation in the region, as well as the accessibility of art and the importance of ethics in it. Julia also worked with memory politics and organized interactive lectures with film screenings on anti-war topics. The center also hosted an important lecture for the city about the "GULAG", which was attended by officers of the FSB and the administration. Yulia suggests that the criminal case was opened precisely after this lecture.

The projects "Dobro_art" and "Komsomolsk is not a garbage dump" originated in "COM. UNITY".
Komsomolsk is not a garbage dump
Master classes, lectures

"Vagina Monologues": love and soft protest of female body

It’s so good you’re not doing it in Russia,
where they want to send Yulia Tsvetkova to prison for delicate images of vaginas
where my girlfriends are afraid to kiss in the street

Galina Rymbu "My vagina"

On July 5th, 2018, Yulia founded the group "Vagina Monologues" in the social network VKontakte. She has published pictures of vulva, vagina, clitoris and texts about female beauty. The goal of the page was to remove the stigma from female physiology.

Since November 2019, Yulia has been officially charged with the illegal production and distribution of pornographic material on the Internet (paragraph "b", Part 3 of Article 242 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, sentence of up to six years in prison). The public prosecutor of the Khabarovsk Territory, the FSB and the Komsomolsk-on-Amur police ignore the entire history of art and theater with their portrayal of the female body, its sexuality. According to experts, some images can provoke negative reactions from so-called Orthodox believers, responsible parents, as well as military conscripts.

On February 8, 2021, prosecutors signed this absurd indictment.

Artists, activists, various cultural institutions and all concerned from around the world have expressed their outrage over Yulia's allegation of spreading pornography and continue to view it as a gesture against the bodies of people of all vulnerable groups. This was the origin of the "I/We Yulia Tsvetkova" movement.

The Last Supper -

LGBTIQ+ on-Amur

Yulia Tsvetkova initiated the formation of the LGBTIQ+ community in the Khabarovsk Territory in her project "The Last Supper". Here Yulia led outreach activities and spoke about the importance of equality, visibility and acceptance of LGBTIQ+ persons. Its goal was to show that LGBTIQ+ people also live in small towns in the Far East. In the project "We are everywhere" Yulia collected stories of LGBTIQ+ persons from small towns in Russia. Its main idea was the visibility and formation of strategies for self-empowerment and community-building in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and interaction with friendly queer projects throughout Russia.