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To the Russian Signatories of the Many Letters Protesting the Invasion of Ukraine
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Обращение к Российским Гражданам, Подписавшим Многочисленные Письма Протеста Против Вторжения в Украину

We, the undersigned, each in his or her own name, are responding here to your many letters addressed to the President of the Russian Federation in protest of the invasion of Ukraine and calling for an immediate halt to hostilities. We are struck by your extraordinary diversity. Among the Russians who have come together in this expression of distress and outrage are your scientists, your geographers, your doctors, many other health care specialists, rock climbers, mathematicians, IT specialists, journalists, chess masters, psychologists and psychiatrists, retired military officers, Shakespeare scholars, philologists, graduate students, members of the Russian Academy of Science, and many others.

We are struck, too, that your letters invoke many common themes. Most notably they express your conviction that the invasion was unprovoked and without justification. The war violates your shared commitment to a common humanity that transcends borders and cultures. It sunders bonds of family, friendship, and profession. It shrinks and darkens your futures. We find particularly poignant the desire expressed in one letter: «We want to live under an open sky in a country open to the world and in a world open to our country.» We understand and share that aspiration.

We understand, too, your sense that this war is tragically being waged, in your name, against those whose fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers fought and sacrificed alongside your own, valiantly and successfully, to resist Hitler's assault on your peoples over eighty years ago.

We recognize your anguish in the face of the pain inflicted today on Ukrainians, pain long not experienced by the citizens of either Ukraine or your own country. As one of your letters says: «Every bullet brings pain and panic.»

We cherish the values that inspire your letters: the reverence for life and the shared responsibility for our common humanity irrespective of individual identities. Although some words in your letters have been obscured by state censorship, your message survives.

We acknowledge your insights as we salute your courage in bringing them to our own and the world's attention.

Above all we echo your call for an immediate halt to the destruction.

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Мы, нижеподписавшиеся, отвечаем на Ваши письма протеста против вторжения России в Украину, адресованные Президенту Российской Федерации и призывающие к немедленному прекращению боевых действий. Нас поразило разнообразие подписавших эти письма. Среди Вас есть представители самых различных областей науки, культуры и искусства, объединившихся в выражении боли и возмущения. Среди Вас - учёные в области географии, математики, медицины и здравоохранения, IT-специалисты, журналисты, шахматисты, психологи и психиатры, военные в отставке, шекспироведы, филологи, аспиранты, члены Российской академии наук и многие другие.

 

Также наше внимание привлекло то, что Ваши письма затрагивают многие общечеловеческие темы. В частности, они выражают Вашу убежденность в том, что вторжение было неоправданным и неспровоцированным. Война нарушает нашу общую приверженность гуманизму, преодолевающему все границы и культурные различия. Война разрушает узы семьи, дружбы, профессиональные связи и наносит ущерб будущему. Мы разделяем Ваше непреклонное желание, выраженное в одном из писем: «Мы хотим жить под открытым небом в стране, открытой миру, и в мире, открытом нашей стране». Мы понимаем и разделяем это устремление.

 

Мы также понимаем Ваше возмущение тем, что эта война трагически ведется от Вашего имени против тех, чьи отцы, деды и прадеды доблестно и успешно сражались и жертвовали собой, чтобы противостоять нападению Гитлера более 80 лет назад.

 

Мы признаем Вашу боль из-за страданий, причиняемыx сегодня украинцам, и давно не испытанных ни гражданами Украины, ни гражданами Вашей страны. Как говорится в одном из Ваших писем: «Каждая пуля приносит боль и панику».

 

Мы дорожим ценностями, которые выражены в Ваших письмах: уважение к ценности каждой жизни и коллективной ответственности за человечество независимо от индивидуальности. Хотя некоторые слова в ваших письмах убраны в соответствии с требованиями государственной цензуры, Ваши обращения выжили.

Мы признаем Ваши соображения и отдаем должное Вашему мужеству в привлечении к ним нашего личного и мирового внимания.

 

Прежде всего, мы присоединяемся к Вашему призыву незамедлительно прекратить войну.

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