STOP THE WAR My name is Prokhor Protasov; I am a Russian musician. It is excruciating to see how friends in Ukraine are suffering these days, Russian soldiers are dying, and the very existence of our beautiful countries is under threat for the sake of the personal ambitions of a despicable dictator. For me, Russians are — Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov. There is no place for Putin and his friends on this list. Woefully, THEY have appropriated the word 'Russians,' and THEY think they can speak and act on our behalf. It is a tragedy, the consequences of which we will have to deal with for decades. I strongly condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine.

I recently became one of the finalists of the prestigious Russian Composers' Competition PARTITURA. This competition was created with the support of the President's Grants Foundation. I did not hear that the JURY members (famous respectable musicians!) condemned the ongoing act of fascism [upd: according to FaceBook, V. Urupin and A. Goribol co-signed the Open Letter of the Musicians of Russia condemning the war]. Under these circumstances, I do not see any way to continue participating in this competition. I request that my name be removed from the list of finalists. The silence is immoral.

Published on March 01, 2022