DISARMAMENT & SECURITY .
An open letter published on the website of Echomsk radio (translated from the Russian by CPNN) (website later blocked by Russian government)
The flow of disturbing information about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine is intensifying. There are reports of intensive recruitment of mercenaries in Russia and the transfer of fuel and military equipment to the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. In response, Ukraine is intensively arming, NATO is sending additional forces to Eastern Europe. The tension does not subside, but on the contrary, it only grows.
In fact the citizens of Russia are becoming hostages of the criminal adventurism of Russian foreign policy. They not only live in uncertainty if a big war will begin, but also observe a sharp rise in prices and a fall in the value of the national currency. Do we need such a policy in Russia? Do we want war, and are we ready to bear its burden? Did we give the authorities the right to play such a game with our destinies?
But no one asks the citizens of Russia. There is no public discussion. Only one point of view is presented on state television, and that is the point of view of the supporters of the war. We hear about military threats and aggression concerning Ukraine by America and Western countries. But the most dangerous thing is that war is being presented as an acceptable and inevitable course of events. People are trying to deceive, corrupt, impose on us the idea of a holy war with the West instead of developing our country and raising our standard of living. The question is not discussed, but it is ordinary people who will have to pay this price – a huge and bloody price.
We, responsible citizens of Russia and patriots of our country, appeal to the political leadership of Russia, and we issue an open and public challenge to the War Party, which has been formed within the government.
We express the point of view of that part of Russian society that hates war and considers even the use of a military threat and criminal style in foreign policy rhetoric to be a crime.
We hate war, while you think it is acceptable. We stand up for peace and prosperity for all citizens of Russia, while you put ourr lives and destinies on the line in your political game. You are deceiving and using people, and we are telling them the truth. We are speaking on behalf of Russia, and not you, because the peoples of Russia, having lost millions of people in the wars of the past, for many decades live by the proverb “let there not be war.” Have you forgotten about it?
Our position is extremely simple: Russia does not need a war with Ukraine and the West. Nobody threatens us, nobody attacks us. A policy based on promoting the idea of such a war is immoral, irresponsible and criminal, and should not be carried out on behalf of the peoples of Russia. Such a war can have neither legitimate nor moral goals. The diplomacy of the country should take any other position than the categorical rejection of such a war.
War does not correspond to the interests of Russia, and it poses a threat to our very existence. The insane actions of the political leadership of the country, pushing us to this point, will inevitably lead to the formation of a mass anti-war movement in Russia. Each of us naturally becomes a part of it.
We will do everything possible to prevent, and if necessary, stop the war.
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Can the peace movement help stop the war in the Ukraine?
How can the peace movement become stronger and more effective?
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Congress of Intelligentsia collects signatures here
The full list of signatories is available here.
Lev Ponomarev*, human rights activist
Valery Borshchev, human rights activist
Svetlana Gannushkina, human rights activist
Leonid Gozman, politician
Liya Akhedzhakova, actress, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation
Andrey Makarevich, musician
Harry Bardin, director
Viktor Shenderovich*, writer
Tatyana Lazareva, TV presenter
Andrey Zubov, historian, politician
Andrey Nechaev , politician
Alina Vitukhnovskaya, writer
Alexander Belavin, physicist
Nikolai Rozanov, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Natalia Evdokimova, executive secretary of the Human Rights Council of St. Petersburg
Efim Khazanov, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Ilya Ginzburg, physicist, professor
Zoya Svetova, journalist
Grigory Yavlinsky, politician
Lev Shlosberg, politician
Boris Vishnevsky, politician
Lev Gudkov, sociologist, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor
Igor Chubais, philosopher
Tatyana Voltskaya*, poet, journalist
Boris Sokolov, historian, writer
Mikhail Krieger, civic activist
Veronika Dolina, poet
Vladimir Mirzoev , director
Ksenia Larina, journalist
Andrey Piontkovsky, publicist,
Mark Urnov, HSE professor
Mikhail Lavrenov, writer
Nikolai Prokudin, writer
Elena Fanailova, poet, journalist
Grigory Mikhnov-Vaitenko, clergyman
Lev Levinson, human rights activist
Sergei Germann, writer
Vladimir Alex, civil activist
Yuri Gimmelfarb, journalist
Yuri Samodurov, human rights activist
Yevgeny Tsymbal, civil activist
Vitaly Dixon, writer
Natalia Mavlevich, translator
Ashraf Fattakhov, lawyer
Viktor Yunak, writer
Valeria Prikhodkina, human rights activist
Elena Grigorieva, children’s poet
Vera Shabelnikova, editor
Mair Makhaev, philosopher, linguist
Amnuel Grigory, producer, director, publicist, politician.
Sergei Krivenko, human rights activist
Yaroslav Nikitenko, environmental and civil activist, scientist
Tatyana Yankelevich Bonner, human rights activist
Nikita Sokolov, historian
Anatoly Golubovsky, historian
Nikolai Rekubratsky, researcher
Vitold Abankin, human rights activist
Elena Bukvareva, Doctor of Biology
Igor Toporkov, human rights activist
Yevgeny Kalakin, director
Lyudmila Alpern, human rights activist
Nina Katerli, writer
Vladimir Zalishchak, municipal deputy
Olga Mazurova, doctor
Oleg Motkov, director
Natalya Pakhsaryan, professor of Moscow State University
Elena Volkova, philologist, culturologist
Valery Otstavnykh, director, journalist
Georgy Karetnikov, civic activist
Marina Boroditskaya, writer
Sergey German, member of the Writers’ Union of Russia
Sergey Lutsenko, animation supervisor
Alexey Diveev, programmer
Tatyana Vorozheikina, lecturer at the Free University of Moscow
Tatyana Kotlyar, human rights activist
Anatoly Barmin, pharmacist
Valentin Skvortsov, professor at Moscow State University
Lev Ingel, physicist
Mikhail Mints, historian
Leonid Chubarov, professor
Katya-Anna Taguti, artist
Elena Efros, civic activist
Anna Shapiro, director
Tatyana Dorutina, member of the Human Rights Council of St. Petersburg
Arkady Konikov, programmer
Sergei Pechenkin, civic activist
Anatoly Razumov, historian
Alexander Sannikov, retired Colonel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Anatoly Tsirlin, Professor
Karen Hakobyan, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor
* These signatories are recognized by the Russian government as “foreign agents.”