September 25, 2022

Cancel culture vs. execute culture

Russian manuscripts do not burn; that may be true. But Ukrainians can only laugh bitterly. Its imperial manuscripts that dont burn; ours do.

I have absolutely nothing to contribute to this Russia-centric conversation; I simply want it to stop.

The dispute on boycotting Russian culture is not what western creative and intellectual circles need to be fretting about now. At least not if they have anything to do with Europe and its worths of human rights, dignity and solidarity.

The publication was seized in 1933, the very same year that Khvylovy died in Kharkiv. At that time, Ukrainians around the city had had all their food taken by the program. Millions passed away in the Holodomor, which is now recognized as a genocide. The lower criminal activity of confiscating the publication and damaging another work of Ukrainian literature went unnoticed for years. Most of those who would learn about it were performed.

Manuscripts dont burn, says the devil in Mikhail Bulgakovs Master and Margarita. The devil then turns to his servant, a feline, Come on, Behemoth, let us have the book.

Ukrainian lives, paintings, museums, libraries, churches and manuscripts do burn. They are burning now.

Perhaps it is time to move the dispute from whether the world should forgive Russian imperial art and literature, to how to avoid one of Europes cultures from becoming another Executed Renaissance.

Unlike her, Ukrainian ballet star Artem Datsyshyn died after Russians bombed Kyiv. You will not see him on stage.

For me, it would indicate the bulk of my good friends get killed. For a typical westerner, it would only indicate never seeing their paintings, never ever hearing them read their poems, or never reading the novels that they have yet to compose.

Russians destroyed the 2nd part of Khvylovys manuscript, confiscating all the copies of the Ukrainian publication that included it.

Plaque commemorating locals of the Slovo Building in Kharkiv, where much of the authors murdered in the Executed Renaissance had actually lived. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever read The Woodsnipes by the Ukrainian writer Mykola Khvylovy? Nor have I. And the devil from the Russian book will not assist us out. Russians destroyed the 2nd part of Khvylovys manuscript, confiscating all the copies of the Ukrainian publication that featured it. Not a single copy was ever discovered.

On the other hand, the film director and former political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, himself from Crimea, and the authors Artem Chekh and Artem Chapaye, are presently risking their lives serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The poet Serhiy Zhadan remains in besieged Kharkiv to support his fellow residents. Much more Ukrainian authors have undertaken the long, unsafe journey to the western of the country after spending weeks in cellars and air-raid shelter with their children. They have all saw something they can not yet describe and even keep in mind plainly; they are still too disoriented by the apocalyptic scenes filled with the dead bodies of their neighbours.

I was never a fan of Cancel Culture. However possibly the Execute Culture that Russians have consistently practiced on complimentary Ukrainians is something the world would like to stop prior to its too late again.


In the 1930s, the Soviet-Russian routine killed the bulk of Ukrainian authors and intellectuals. And this, of course, wasnt the first time the Ukrainian elite had actually been eliminated or forced to absorb to Russian imperial culture.

And yet, we repeatedly get invitations to get involved in Russian– Ukrainian discussions about peace. Not only must we witness the mass murder and destruction of our Ukrainian heritage, however also, on the side, the argument about whether the world should cut cultural ties with Russia.

While the Ukrainian people have for the previous month been defending their nation from an atomic superpower, the western cultural neighborhood has actually been talking about whether to break ties with Russia. One might ask who is the more exhausted. Western intellectuals are looking for great Russians to conserve from bad Russia– perhaps because saving Ukrainian artists is far more difficult.

Although Wikipedia says Im an award-winning Ukrainian novelist, I now invest my days offering in a humanitarian aid storage facility in Lviv. I can not note the paradox however assist of these rescue operations.

Now there is a real risk that Russians will successfully carry out another generation of Ukrainian culture– this time by bombs and missiles.

The purges and centuries of unimaginable pressure are why you dont typically become aware of fantastic Ukrainian literature, theatre and art. When you take a look at the map of Europe, you see Dante here and Shakespeare, however only a huge gap where Ukrainian culture need to have been to make Europe entire and safe.

After writing books full of imperial belief that concealed Russian history and inspired yet another mass murder of Ukrainians, Russian authors want to be viewed as coming from Another Russia and amass the worlds assistance. However are authors like Boris Akunin all set to stop promoting the Russia-centric view of eastern European history and to acknowledge that Crimea indisputably comes from Ukraine and its native Crimean Tatar people, who become part of the Ukrainian political country?


Because while the world disputes whether to cancel or to welcome artists and writers who all of a sudden feel like leaving Russia in the middle of its economic collapse, it neglects the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question: will Russia be successful in executing Ukrainian culture once again?

While the Ukrainian individuals have for the previous month been defending their country from an atomic superpower, the western cultural neighborhood has actually been discussing whether to break ties with Russia. Western intellectuals are looking for excellent Russians to save from bad Russia– perhaps due to the fact that conserving Ukrainian artists is much more hard.

Many more Ukrainian authors have undertaken the long, unsafe journey to the western of the nation after investing weeks in cellars and bomb shelters with their children. And this, of course, wasnt the very first time the Ukrainian elite had been erased or forced to absorb to Russian imperial culture.

After dancing for the homicidal Russian elite for years, Russian ballerina Olga Smirnova suddenly left and knocked the war Russia to dance with the Dutch National Ballet rather.

Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshinova died when Russian fire struck her vehicle on the borders of Kyiv, where she was risking her life to report the truth to the world. You will not see Oleksandra on screen.

After producing phony news safeguarding Russian hostility for years, the Russian propagandist Marina Ovsyannikova all of a sudden appeared on screen for a couple of seconds with a poster saying No war and got countless supporters.