April 5, 2016

Russian intellectuals appeal to the Dutch voters on the eve of the referendum

Euro Maidan Press, 2016/03/30

Representatives of Russian intellectual elite urge the Dutch people to keep in mind European values and the historical significance of their choice while voting in the referendum on 6 April. Euromaidan Press publishes full text of the appeal.

We, citizens of Russia, share the values of European civilization and we are concerned about the future of our own country and that of a free Ukraine. That is why we are appealing to you on the eve of the referendum on the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

At the end of 1990, a famous European diplomat Romano Prodi said: “We expect Ukraine to give us a clear signal of where it wants to be – with EU or with Russia. We will respect any decision”.

Since then, twice (in 2004 and in 2013-14), Ukraine gave strong signals of its desire to integrate into Europe. Obviously, it is not primarily about economic integration, this matter is too complex.

In confrontation with Putin regime, we in the first place are talking about European values. 

Open democratic political processes, independent judiciary, rights and freedoms, which guarantee the existence and development of civil society, the unconditional value of human life, respect for the personal dignity – this is the choice that Ukraine paid for with the hundreds of lives of their fellow citizens.

It is no coincidence that the events on Maidan are called “Revolution of Dignity”. In the conflict with Russia Ukrainians have been defending human dignity and the opportunity to live in the country according to humanitarian laws of European civilization. Russian authorities made their own choice in which there is no place for the European values.

Putin regime is trying to revive the Soviet totalitarian Empire. A powerful propaganda against Ukraine, which does not want to belong to this Empire, is organized, fueling the hatred and disseminating outright lies. 

Ukraine is not able to compete with the propaganda capacities of Russia, and therefore inevitably becomes a victim of misinformation from Russian media operating worldwide. Therefore, the fate of Ukraine depends on you, and your ability to distinguish truth from lie. At stake is not only the security of Ukraine – European civilization itself is under threat.

For us, the citizens of Russia who want a European future for our own country, it is clear that imperial geopolitics does not fit into this future. Please, think of European values and the historical significance of your choice while voting in the referendum on the 6th of April.

Anatoly Akhutin, philosopher

Mikhail Arkadiyev, conductor, pianist, honored artist of the Russian Federation, doctor of art history

Galina Artemenko, journalist

Yevgeni Asse, architect and rector of the higher school of architecture MARSH, member of the European Cultural Parliament

Anna Borko, journalist

Dmitry Borko, journalist “Grani.ru”

Yelena Bugrimenko, psychologist

Natalya Chechik, geologist

Vitaly Dikson, writer, member of the Russian PEN-center

Valery Dimshits, PhD in chemistry, translator, lecturer at the European University in Saint Petersburg

Vitalina Dmitrieva, lawyer, Moscow

Feliks Filatov, biologist

Vladimir Genin, composer

Irina Golovinskaya, editor and journalist, Moscow

Natalya Gromova, historian of literature

Hasan Huseynov, PhD philology

Viktoria Ivleva, journalist, photographer

Inna Karezina, religious scholar

Viktor Kelner, professor, PhD history, St. Petersburg

Igor Klyamkin, PhD philosophy, Professor, Vice-President of the Foundation “Liberal Mission”

Elena Kogan, businesswoman 

Albin Konechnyi, historian, St. Petersburg

Konstantin Krasukhin, PhD philology, Head department of the Institute of Linguistics RAS

Ksenia Kumpan, philologist, St. Petersburg

Tatyana Kutkovets, sociologist

Igor Loginov, literary critic, Moscow

Irina Mak, journalist, Moscow

Natalya Mavlevich, translator, Moscow

Yelena Mikhina, historian

Sergei Mironenko, artist, Moscow

Viktoria Mochalova, MSc philology, Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Genrikh Moskalik, pensioner, Moscow

Yulia Muchnik, historian and journalist, Tomsk

Svetlana Neretina, PhD philosophy, Professor, Chief researcher Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences

Andrei Oleinikov, philosopher

Timur Olevsky, journalist 

Yegor Ovcharenko, philosopher

Anna Ozhiganova, anthropologist

Andrei Patkul, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Ontology and Epistemology, St. Petersburg State University

Nadezhda Pavlova, writer

Irena Podolskaya, philologist, Moscow

Marina Romanikhina, philologist

Irina Samakhova, journalist

Mikhail Sheinker, philologist Moscow

Ninel Shipeneva, physician, Moscow

Janna Shlosberg, doctor in the city hospital, Pskov

Roman Spektor, MSc psychology, retired, Moscow

Lev Timofeyev, writer, Moscow

Viktor Yablon, businessman

Marianna Yaroslavskaya, philologist, Moscow

Yevgeni Yermolin, member of the PEN 

Natalya Zorkaya, sociologist

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