Russian rock musicians call for peace between Russia and Ukraine

posted 12 Mar 2014, 12:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Mar 2014, 12:20 ]
6 March 2014

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Russian rock musicians Boris Grebenshchikov, Vyacheslav Butusov and Yury Shevchuk, along with Maksim Leonidov, have called for there to be no war between Russia and Ukraine. Their video appeal was published on 5 March by Ukrainian TV station "1+1".

"We don’t understand anything that is happening. I don’t believe anything I see on television. I don’t read our newspapers,” Vyacheslav Butusov says in the video, “We are praying for you, and we are praying for ourselves, because we are all afraid of what might happen.” According to Maksim Leonidov, “A big political game is going on, and in this game least of all is anyone thinking about the Ukrainian people, or about the Russian people. It’s all just words." The musician added: "I have a great request I want to put to you: let’s be cleverer. Let’s not allow anyone to separate us. They are trying to turn us into enemies. Let’s live as friends.” 

"We, people from Russia and Ukraine, are like family,” Yury Shevchuk says in his appeal. “Therefore we must do all we can not to let war happen.” 

“Your country, our country is all the same a single country, a single people,” said Boris Grebenshchikov. “I pray that all this will end and that we stop fighting each other, because it’s only serving the interests of those people who get money out of it ". reports that Yury Shevchuk and Boris Grebenshchikov at the beginning of March issued statements against sending Russian troops into Ukraine. Other Russian musicians have also spoken out against attempts to create conflict in Ukraine in one way or another, including Andrei Makarevich, Zemfira, and the members of the group Auktsyon. The leader of the group Okean, Elzi Bakarchuk, has also suggested holding a concert for peace in Crimea with Russian and Ukrainian musicians taking part.