Prominent writers urge Russian speakers to tell the truth about the war in Ukraine | Ukraine

A group of prominent writers has called on Russian speakers around the world to spread the truth about the war in Ukraine by directly contacting Russian citizens using “all possible means of communication”.

Among the 17 signatories to the appeal is Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian author who writes in Russian. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 for her writing described as “a monument to courage and suffering in our time”.

Another dozen prominent authors from around the world, including Nobel laureate JM Coetzee, have backed the call.

It comes as the Russian government has cracked down on access to news and information about the invasion of Ukraine by blocking websites and effectively shutting down outlets.

Access to the BBC, Radio Liberty and German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle has been restricted after the Russian parliament passed a law criminalizing the dissemination of “false” information about the armed forces.

On Thursday, one of Russia’s last independent news outlets, TV Rain, went off the air after coming under pressure over its coverage of the invasion, which reportedly left hundreds dead.

Russian writers say: “We appeal to everyone who speaks the Russian language. To people of all nationalities. To those who are native speakers. For those for whom Russian is the second or third language.

“Today the Russian language is used by the Russian state to stir up hatred and justify the shameful war against Ukraine. In Russian, the official media keeps repeating endless lies that create a smokescreen around this aggression.

“The Russian people have been fed lies for many years. Independent news sources have been almost completely destroyed. Opposition leaders – silenced. The state propaganda machine is working with all its might.

“In this situation, it is essential to reveal to Russian citizens the whole truth about Russian aggression against Ukraine. About the sufferings and losses of the Ukrainian nation. About civilians targeted and killed. About the danger for the whole European continent. And perhaps to all of humanity, given the nuclear threat.

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Three ways to help the Ukrainian people from the UK

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Support local charities

Several Ukrainian charities are working on the ground. Sunflower of Peace is a charity that helps paramedics and doctors, and has raised money for supplies including first aid medical tactical backpacks.

United Help Ukraine focuses on providing medical supplies and humanitarian aid, as well as raising awareness of the conflict.

Voices of Children aims to help war-affected children in eastern Ukraine, providing support through art therapy, psychologists, video storytelling and a number of other methods.

The British Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to help Ukraine. The charity will update its webpage with news about the work being done by its team and how the support will be used to help people.

Support local journalism

English-language news outlets based in the country, such as Kyiv Independent and the New Voice of Ukraine, cover developments on the ground as the conflict unfolds, using local journalists. The Kyiv Independent claims to have been created by journalists to defend editorial independence. This the site on Twitter covers many local journalists in Ukraine.

Write to your local MP

This may be a way to pressure the British government to impose new sanctions on the Russian government and its associates. You can get in touch with your local MP by email or post to their constituency address. Instructions on how to contact us are available on the website.

Thank you for your opinion.

“You speak Russian. It matters. Please use all possible means of communication. Telephone (s. Messengers. E-mails.

“Reach the people you know. Reach people you don’t know. Tell the truth. If Vladimir Putin is blind and deaf, maybe Russians will listen to those who speak the same language. This unjustified war must be stopped.

Besides Alexievitch, Russian authors are: Vladimir Sorokin, one of the most popular writers of modern Russian literature; Lyudmila Ulitskaya, 2014 winner of the Austrian State Prize for European Literature; science fiction writer Dmitry Glukhovsky; satirist Victor Shenderovich; poet Maria Stepanova; Alexander Ilichevsky, who won the Russian Booker Prize in 2007 for his novel Matisse; Mikhail Shishkin, who won the Russian Booker in 2000; Maxim Osipov, cardiologist and writer; Sergei Lebedev; Liza Alexandrova-Zorina; Sasha Filipenko; Alisa Ganieva; Viktar Martinovitch; Alexandre Genis; Lev Rubinstein; and Boris Akunin.

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