What happened to all the literature they’ve written?
What happened to all the great music they’ve composed?
What happened to all the science they’ve produced?
Does it all take a back seat to the whims of a murderous man like Putin?
A man who, every morning, makes a choice as to the number of missiles he will shoot into Ukraine – never mind whether they strike soldiers or civilians – he just needs to fire them.
Russians, where are you hiding?
The killing of Ukrainians is being done in your name, so you should do something about it.
Any act of resistance counts.
Refusing to join the army is a worthy contribution. You may end up in prison but Putin is not going to last long.
These days, owing to Ukrainians’ daring and ingenuity, missiles are travelling in the other direction also, hitting targets inside Russia’s borders.
And no, Ukrainians will not sit down to discuss an end to the war until all their territories are returned.
Proud people that they are, they spelled it out to China the other day.
This war is not going to last forever. And it will end with a Ukrainian victory.
And a Russia steeped in shame.
But there’s still time for Russians to rise and reclaim their nation.
Still time for Russians to stand up and choose to embrace the value of liberty and freedom of choice, the right to dissent, to elect their leaders.
Russians, what has happened to you?
Where are you hiding?
Yes, fear is a powerful force, but so is love, so is courage, so is daring, so is decency, so is respect for other human beings.
We can’t let fear rule our lives.
Somehow it happened to you. You fell asleep, ignored your history of achievements and let a tyrant direct your lives, just like Xi Jinping is doing in China.
A life lived in fear is not a life lived. It’s a life forsaken.
Go look at yourself in the mirror, ask yourself, am I doing what I should do for myself, for my Russia, for the real Russia, the proud Russia, the Russia that has made enormous contributions to humanity?
If you don’t feel anger, then Putin has taken over your life.
If you don’t feel rage, then you’ve let Putin intimidate you and put into your mind that Ukrainians are demons, inferior human beings, and so must be eliminated.
If you don’t feel horrified then you have let that miserable, murderous human being called Putin, make cruel choices in your name.
And you let it happen.
It was you who didn’t think. You who didn’t remember your literature, you who didn’t hear the beauty in the music your own brothers and sisters have produced over the centuries. You who have failed.
Wake up! There’s still time. Do something about it!
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