“We know how to preserve the values of our Russian world. And your world, if it does not wake up, will die of its own fears.”
“Your Russian world is a world of fear,” Mikhail Barishnikov, a ballet legend who opposes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, wrote in an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, AFP reported.
The famous ballet dancer, born in the USSR and crossing the Iron Curtain in 1974, turned to the Russian president after the website of the charity project “True Russia”, supported by famous cultural figures in exile who oppose the hostilities in Ukraine, was blocked in Russia. The site is available outside the country.
In the letter, Barishnikov wrote: “We know how to preserve the values of our Russian world. And your world, if it does not wake up, will die of its own fears. You know what to fear. And rightly so. You know exactly which weapon strikes. “, Barishnikov concludes.
The project, founded by Barishnikov, Boris Akunin and economist Sergei Guriev, raised 1.2m euros in support of Ukrainian refugees. He is supported by artists such as writer Ludmila Ulitska, musician Andrei Makarevich and journalist Leonid Parfionov.