Reaction of Russian intelligentsia to the 2014 annexation of Crimea

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2014 Russian intelligentsia reaction on events happened in Crimea refers to the reaction of the Russian intelligentsia to the Russian annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Ukraine.

Support for Ukraine

First letter of protest

Russian scientists and artists who disagreed with Russian government policy in Crimea, announced their opposition in an open letter:[1]

"Our country has been plunged into a dangerous adventure. Under the slogan "Defend the Russian in Crimea, as well as all Ukrainians from the new illegitimate, fascist government in Ukraine!", an actual annexation of the Crimea has already happened. International law was heavily violated and principles of European security and stability were destroyed. Russia is rapidly slipping into a new Cold War with the West and there are dangerous consequences that cannot be predicted."

"There is unrestrained flow of lies and disinformation in all Russian state media resources, as well as deafening propaganda campaign against anyone who tries to doubt the legitimacy of the authorities' actions or indicate their disastrous consequences for the country and people. All who disagree indiscriminately get called a "fifth column" and "fascists". There are a lot of people who disagree. It is enough to read uncensored media or numerous judgments in social networks to see that political scientists, economists, people who are professionally related to foreign policy, or just people that are endowed with any social intuition are warning that Russia is coming to a real catastrophe — economic, political, humanitarian."

The letter was published in "Echo of Moscow", "Novaya Gazeta" and "Russian PEN Center".

"Do not cave in. Do not succumb to lies"

Another open letter headlined "Do not cave in. Do not succumb to lies"[2] was signed by 180 representatives of different professions, including: Yuri Ryzhov (of the Russian Academy of Science), Andrey Makarevich (musician), Yuri Shevchuk (musician), Andrey Zvyagintsev (film director), Marietta Chudakova (writer, literary historian) and Vadim Zakharov (artist).

Anti-war Congress

Professor Andrey Zubov at the Anti-war Congress

On March 19, 2014 an "Anti-war Congress" took place at the M.I. Rudomino State Library for Foreign Literature. An appeal, adopted by resolution of the Congress, stated:[3][4]

"We, the representatives of the Russian intelligentsia, must warn the government about the historical mistake that is happening — the desire of taking under control part of another, recently brotherly Ukraine, by using Russian armed forces."

Sergei Markov, a member of Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, commented on the results of the congress and called its participants "representatives of a "Russophobic" subculture that do not pose any danger to the country".[5]

Scientists’ letter

On March 19, 2014 a group of scientists appealed to the Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov, director of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov and CEO of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Oleg Dobrodeev with a proposition to check for signs of extremism and incitement to international and intergovernmental hostility in the "Vesti nedeli" (News of the Week) newscast of Dmitry Kiselyov for the previous three months:[6][7]

The document was signed by 19 scientists, academics and RAS members including: Yuri Apresyan, Anatoly Vershik, Vladimir Zakharov, Alexander Moldovan, Valery Rubakov, Olga Solomina, Alexei Starobinsky, Alexander Chaplyk, and others.

Collection of signatures in support of the document was organized on the website of the inter-regional Society of Scientists (ONR), but was closed soon after with the explanation "by request of ONR members".[8][9]

KinoSoyuz letter

March 12, 2014 KinoSoyuz (an organization of the Russian film industry) published an open letter of support for their Ukrainian colleagues on its website. By 13 March 2014 the letter had been co-signed by more than 200 people.[10]

Individual opinions


Support for Russian policy

After an open letter of support for Russian policy in Crimea was published, on March 11, 2014 a response from Ukraine appeared.[15]

Opposition to Russian policy

See also


  1. Обращение инициативной группы по проведению Конгресса интеллигенции «Против войны, против самоизоляции России, против реставрации тоталитаризма» и письмо деятелей культуры в поддержку позиции Владимира Путина по Украине и Крыму (Russian). Novaya Gazeta. 13.03.2014
  2. Не прогибаться. Не поддаваться лжи (Russian). Echo of Moscow. 14.03.2014
  3. В Москве прошло заседание антивоенного Конгресса интеллигенции (Russian). 19.03.2014
  4. Антивоенный конгресс интеллигенции (video). (Russian). 19.03.2014
  5. Оппозиционная интеллигенция провела антивоенный конгресс (Russian). RBC TV. 20.03.2014
  6. Ученые выступили против Киселева (Russian). 18.04.2014
  7. Российские ученые требуют проверить на экстремизм ведущего «Вести Недели» Дмитрия Киселева (Russian). Pskovskaya Lenta Novostey. 19.03.2014
  8. Сбор подписей: "О недопустимых высказываниях ведущего "Вестей недели" Д.Киселева" закрыт (Russian). Interregional Society of scientists. 18.03.2014
  9. Российские ученые просят проверить все программы Дмитрия Киселева на экстремизм (Russian). 19.03.2014
  10. Мы с вами! (Russian). KinoSoyuz. 08.03.2014
  11. Андрей Зубов: Это уже было (Russian). Vedomosti. 01.03.2014
  12. Как крымский вопрос расколол российское общество? Мнение подписавшего письмо за украинскую политику Путина и против неё (Russian). Dozhd. 12.03.2014
  13. Война и мир. Андрей Макаревич — против, Владимир Бортко — за (Russian). Vesti (Ukraine) №10(28). 21—27.03.2014
  14. Служенье муз (Russian). 11.03.2014
  15. Гастрольная война (Russian). Radio Liberty. 09.05.2014
  16. У Києві скасували концерт Мацуєва (Ukrainian). Espreso TV. 13.03.2014
  17. Львів'яни забрали в Башмета почесне звання (Ukrainian). Espreso TV. 13.03.2014
  18. Из МГИМО уволен профессор Андрей Зубов (Russian). BBC Russian Service. 24.03.2014
  19. Відомі діячі культури Росії просять Путіна припинити цькування Макаревича (Ukrainian). iPress. 28.03.2014
  20. Если Андрея Макаревича лишат звания народного артиста — это будет к лучшему (Russian). Moskovskij Komsomolets. 28.03.2014
  21. Страсти по Макаревичу: решил стать собой и получил по полной (Russian). Moskovskij Komsomolets. 31.03.2014
  22. Поэта Бывшева привлекли по 282-й статье за стихи в поддержку Украины (Russian: ). Грани.ру. 14.05.2014
  23. 1984 in 2014. The Economist. 29.05.2014
  24. В Госдуме хотят сажать в тюрьму за нарушения на митингах (Russian). BBC Russian Service. 01.04.2014