On the 14th February Caldron Pool highlighted Russian opposition to Putin and the Kremlin. In that piece I linked to the ‘Statement of Peace‘ which was written by 100+ Russian intellectuals. The Russian site which originally published to declaration, now registers as ‘dangerous,’ and appears to have been either censored, or shadow banned.
It was for this potentiality that we decided to save a PDF English translation of the Statement, in order to preserve this part of the Russian perspective. Much like the pro-informed consent rallies in Australia, America, New Zealand, Canada and Europe, the Statement for Peace voices Russian solidarity with those who stand for freedom against their authoritarian rulers.
We’re making the ‘Statement of Peace‘ available here in full, so as to be keep it from being lost in the fog of war, or buried in the sands of wartime propaganda.
“As long as there is no war!”
Statement of Peace Supporters against the Party of War in the Russian
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
Citizens of Russia are actually becoming hostages of criminal adventurism, which is
turning Russia’s foreign policy line. They not only live in uncertainty – whether a big war
will begin, but also observe a sharp rise in prices and a fall in the national currency. Do
Russians need such a policy? Do they want war, and are they ready to bear its burden?
Did they give the authorities the right to play such a game with their 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. Direct military threats are heard from there, aggression and hatred towards Ukraine, America and Western countries are exuded.
But the most dangerous thing is that the war is presented as an acceptable and inevitable course of events. People are trying to deceive, corrupt, impose on them the idea of a holy war with the West instead of developing the country and raising the standard of living of its citizens. The question of price is not
discussed, but it is ordinary people who will have to pay this price – a huge and bloody
We, responsible citizens of Russia and patriots of our country, appeal to the political
leadership of Russia, and throw down 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 a crime.
We hate war, and you think it is acceptable. We stand up for peace and prosperity for all
citizens of Russia, and you put their 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 “if only there was no
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 cannot 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 cannot take any other position than the categorical rejection of such a war.
The war not only does not correspond to the interests of Russia, but also carries a threat
to its 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.
The 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
- Lev Ponomarev – an individual recognized as a foreign agent. Viktor Shenderovich is an
individual recognized as a foreign agent.
- Tatyana Voltskaya – Media, recognized as a
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