In early March, activists from the “No War” movement wrote an open letter to the Russian government on behalf of Russian citizens in Cyprus and began collecting electronic signatures.
The text of the letter states that the signatories are categorically against violence and hostilities on the territory of Ukraine:
We, residents of Cyprus with Russian citizenship, are part of the worldwide expatriate community of Russian citizens who do not support the Ukraine war started by Russia’s government. So-called Anti-War Movement.
For various personal reasons, we live on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, but Russia is our home, our homeland, our relatives and friends are there. We continue to be citizens of the Russian Federation. We go to the elections, and we continue to take part in the life of our country. Even when we are several thousand kilometers away, we feel the pain and injustice of what is happening. We cannot calmly watch as our homeland carries out military actions on the territory of sovereign Ukraine.
We do not want and will not tolerate the fact that “Russian” will become a synonym of the word “aggressor” for the whole world. We sincerely wish happiness and prosperity for our country. We believe that this is absolutely impossible as long as the government of the Russian Federation has embarked on a course of the war.
We demand an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine.
We ask all concerned Russians living on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus to join us in expressing their strong condemnation of the war.
In addition, the activists wrote a personal appeal to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Cyprus Osadchy S.V., in which they called on the official to support the anti-war position and declare it officially.
On March 11, an answer came on behalf of Osadchy, consisting entirely of propaganda stamps. In his letter, the official, in particular, says that in the center of Europe for 8 years “a hotbed of neo-Nazism has matured”, and “the policy of russophobia and hatred for everything russian” has become the mainstream of Ukraine’s domestic policy.
On March 17, activists prepared a detailed video message – a response to Osadchy’s letter.
Whether the activists will receive some kind of answer will soon be known. But, in any case, this video is worth watching for those who, for whatever reason, still doubt the criminality of the actions of the Russian authorities.
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