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My heroes from Russia, Ukraine & beyond

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By Vysotsky

I love poets, painters and pianists. I even like some politicians. I like people from Russia. I like people from Ukraine. I like people from a lot of countries. I can't bear the thought of houses and cities being destroyed that were once the place of birth of people whose books, music and paintings I love. Here are photos of some of the people whose work I admire – and who were born in Odessa, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr, Lviv, Dvirkivshchyna or Bolshoy Fontan. Nationality isn't important. Culture is. I hope that once we will only remember Charlie Chaplin, and not the dictator he made look ridiculous.

No to war

As Sting said in 1985 (and again in a new version on Instagram in 2022[1]):
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

Апофеоз войны (The Apotheosis of War),
dedicated "to all conquerors, past, present and to come",
by Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin (1871)

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