I received the following letter from Bohdan Stasiuk, a science fiction and fantasy writer from Ukraine who tells me it was created by the Ukrainian science fiction community. It looks to be the real thing. But, as always, you should check the validity of the links before contributing any money. It's easy enough to do.
letter from Ukrainian artists to world artists!
Thursday, February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation started the war
against Ukraine and attacked our country. As we write this letter, the
army of the aggressor country kills our children, bombs cities and
civilians, and already turned more than 1,700,000 Ukrainians into
refugees. In an attempt to further occupy our lands, Russia at the same
time uses aggressive propaganda to justify its war crimes. Russian
citizens are consistently being lied to about what is really happening in
believe that not all Russian citizens are fans of Putin’s regime and not
all of them justify this war. We know that plenty of Russians feel scared
to use their voices and speak up against Putin’s regime. Many believe it
is none of their business. Yet, there are also many who believe in the
righteousness of Putin and his propaganda.
plead with you — writers and visual content creators that have big
audiences of readers and followers in Russia. To them, your opinion and
your words matter. Your stand on the war in Ukraine matters. Please,
stand by us as we fight for our values, our democracy, and our freedom.
For the right to be Ukrainians and live in Ukraine. Your powerful voices
can influence these Russian readers and followers. To encourage them to
be brave, connect with their values, and take a stand on ending this
take this message to your platforms and address your Russian and
Ukrainian audiences. The first ones need your encouragement to believe in
the power of their voices against Putin’s regime. The second ones are in
desperate need of support and kindness.
encourage the international community of fans of science fiction & fantasy,
writers, artists, editors to boycott the Russian book market until the
war in Ukraine ends and the country is free from Russian occupation.
Until Putin’s regime is condemned as criminal and Putin and his closest
allies are punished. As Ukrainians, we are working on this to happen day
and night but there are bureaucratic procedures
make the process so much slower in critical times where every second
counts and can save Ukrainian lives.
are the ways in which you can help our country:
Please, reroute the funds received from Russia to either of the Ukrainian
charity foundations that take care of refugees and restore what was
ruined by Russia:
National Bank of Ukraine has opened an account for humanitarian aid to
Ukrainians affected by Russian aggression. The account will be used to
credit charitable assistance from Ukraine and abroad. The Ministry of
Social Policy will use the funds raised to provide support to the
citizens of Ukraine who suffer the most from the war. See below.
possible, terminate contracts and collaborations with Russian publishers.
Do not let them use the money they earn on publishing your work to fund
the war in Ukraine.
Publicly denounce any further collaboration with Russia until it stops
add that the following writers have already supported us by announcing a
complete refusal to cooperate with the Russian Federation: Stephen King,
Neil Gaiman, Joe Abercrombie, Rebecca Kuang, Michal Cetnarowski, John
Crowley, Jakub Cwiek, Piotr Gociek, Piotr Górski, Jaroslaw Grzedowicz,
Marcin A. Guzek, Anna Kantoch, Marta Kladz-Kocot, Tomasz Kolodziejczak,
Jacek Komuda, Rafal Kosik, Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Marta Barbara
Krajewska, Pawel Majka,Tomasz Nizinski, Lukasz Orbitowski, Michal
Protasiuk, Adam Przechrzta, Marcin Podlewski, Radek Rak, Magdalena Salik,
Wit Szostak, Robert M. Wegner, Cezary Zbierzchowski, Wojciech
of paramount importance for these actions to be made public. This will
allow your readers to learn about your stand on the war in Ukraine and
help those content creators who are still hesitant about condemning
Russia’s aggression to take a stand, too.
without saying that either of these actions is an act coming out of free
will. We are grateful for any support. We are sure that the war that
currently unfolds in the middle of Europe is not only Ukraine’s war. This
is the war aimed at undermining and destroying the values of free
civilizations. In times of peace, we guard these values via our novels,
art, songs. Alas, this is not enough in times of war.
are not sure you have enough information to make an informed decision on
taking a stand on what is currently happening in Ukraine, please see
have any questions we are willing to provide you with answers. There can
be delays in answering as many of us are often hiding in shelters from
active bombing. Others rely on very unstable internet and phone
connections while keeping in touch in these days of the war. There can be
delays in responses, we apologize in advance.
it is important to note that neither of us, the authors of this letter
need any urgent help. It is our country that is in a state of a
humanitarian crisis, desperately seeking support and allies.
taking to your platforms and speaking about Ukraine and war in our
country, please use these tags.
you for taking the time to read this letter. Thank you for your
Hlushchenko, social activist
Lindeman, writer, screenwriter
Nazarenko, literary critic
Odynoka, Head of International Cooperation Department, Ukrainian Book
Tomasheva, writer, co-founder of LITavytsia
Silina, culture manager
Pronko, Fantasy & SF fanzine 'Svit Fentezi' (World of Fantasy),
Editor, Reviewer, Book Blogger
Balatska, writer and teacher
Panfiorova, writer, editor
Marchenko, writer, translator
Syromolot, translator, writer
Sydiuk, producer, translator, nominated vice-chair of ESFS (2004- 2006)
Grebelnyk , writer & founder of arkush.net (ukrainian epub
Baglay, programmer, co-founder of arkush.net (ukrainian epub
Novytska, Editor of fanzine Das ist fantastisch!
Semak, marketer, publishing house "NK-Bogdan" Iryna Pasko ,
Galina , writer, translator
Yurkiv , Software engineer
Drachenko ,Student, illustrator
Sirchenko, book blogger
Krykun , Artist, translator
Alek , operator
Sokulska , translator
Solomonyuk, engineer, PhD, writer
Melnychuk , Student
Posukhova (Kvitkova),student, translator, tutor Oksana Skyhar, Student
Yakobets , student
Boyko , Writer
Lutsyshyn , Software engineer
Prokopenko, Journalist, proofreader, reader
Lymar, Head of scientific and technical activities group of scientific
research and technical development deparment of V.Shimanjvsky Ukrainian
institute of Steel construction
Dubyna, Editor-in-Chief, Boryviter publishing; literary translator Maria
Nataliia, Managing editor, reader
Stepanishcheva , Freelance Copywriter
Malahova, writer, translator
Patra, Writer, blogger.
ZAVHORODNIA, QA engineer
and Taras Fonrud , writers
Dundiy , Writer
Khoptynska , Student
Bzhezinska , Psychologist