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Culture referents condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and criticized the ‘complicity of the Argentine government’

A group of intellectuals, human rights leaders and writers signed a document in which cthey waved the invasion launched by the president of RussiaVladimir Putin, to Ukraine, while questioning the attitude of the Argentine government.

“Beyond the mistakes that the Western world may have made, the humanitarian catastrophe triggered by the invasion of Ukraine must be condemned in the strongest terms. Sanctions against Russia and aid to Ukraine must be intensified and the Russian people themselves must put limits on a ruler who subjugates and degrades them, by perpetrating crimes against humanity in their name, ”says the document.

The text was made at the request of the historian Luis Alberto Romero and in which the philosopher Juan José Sebreli also participated, along with the academics Liliana De Riz and Julio Montero and with the contributions of the historian María Sáenz Quesada and the sociologist Marcos Novaro.

In one of its paragraphs, the lack of condemnation by the Casa Rosada of the war launched by Putin on behalf of the Government of the Nation, is another of the outstanding points.

“The hesitations and the complicity of the Argentine government are unacceptable“, harshly criticizes the text signed by 80 prominent personalities of Argentine culture, which ensures that the invasion of Ukraine “places us before the greatest threat that the world has experienced since 1945.”

The visit of President Alberto Fernández to Vladimir Putin, in February 2022, one of the axes of criticism of the Argentine government’s lack of condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“In December 2021, with the conflict looming, Alberto Fernández signed an agreement for Argentine soldiers to train in Russia. Already with the war tension developing, the President paid homage to Vladimir Putin, offering our country as a gateway to Latin America, and a few days later, on February 25, Fernández arranged for Argentina to refrain from voting to condemn the invasion in the OAS forum,” they question the harsh document.

And they add: “Just as in 1943, just as in the cases of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba, we stood on the infamous side of history, becoming an unpredictable nation that no one could trust. This was nurtured by an organic, nostalgic intelligentsia of violence, which does not hesitate to make rhetorical contortions to justify the illegal invasion”.

Beatriz Sarlo, Graciela Fernández Meijide, Oscar Martínez, Santiago Kovadloff, Luis Brandoni, Marcos Aguinis, Miguel Wiñazki, Daniel Sabsay, José Emilio Burucúa, Maximiliano Guerra, Federico Andahazi, Darío Lopérfido, Silvia Plager, Marcelo Birmajer, Lana Montalbán and Diana Cohen Agrest , among others, are some of the personalities who sign the document.

Finally, the text calls for a ceasefire and the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops of the invaded country, together with a call to the Argentine authorities so that “in the name of its own history” it once again becomes “a standard bearer of democracy, human rights and world peace”.

the full text

Thursday, February 24, 2022 will go down in the history books as a milestone of infamy: as never before has the new world order founded on peace, democracy and respect for human rights been violated, which not even the polarization of the Cold War had been able to break.

The Second World War, triggered by the Nazi invasion of Poland, was a catastrophic episode in human history, marked by desolation and death. However, unlike the First World War, which raised the possibility of future conflict, 1945 ushered in a long period of peace and stability. The retroactive justice process against the main perpetrators of war crimes and mass murder, the creation of the United Nations and the sanction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights laid the foundations for a new era. With the inevitable ups and downs, the Kantian utopia of perpetual peace, the highest expression of the Enlightenment, became a reality.

The invasion of Ukraine places us before the greatest threat that the world has experienced since 1945, a war that violates the fundamental norms of international law. Ukraine is an independent and sovereign state whose territory has been attacked by an invader who attacks the civilian population, bombing hospitals, maternity hospitals and nuclear power plants with prohibited weapons, under the pretext of rebuilding a dubious “blood community”. Defenseless children and thousands of citizens fleeing along the supposed humanitarian corridors have died. The risk is extraordinary: Russia has more than six thousand nuclear weapons whose use threatens humanity and seeks to discipline a pluralist democracy and propagate its autocratic model. It has become a state outside the law.

Beyond the mistakes that the Western world may have made, the humanitarian catastrophe unleashed by the invasion of Ukraine must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Sanctions against Russia and aid to Ukraine must be intensified and the Russian people themselves must put limits on a ruler who subjugates and degrades them by committing crimes against humanity in their name.

In this context, the hesitation and complicity of the Argentine government are unacceptable. In December 2021, with the conflict brewing, Alberto Fernández signed an agreement for Argentine soldiers to train in Russia. Already with the war tension developing, the President paid homage to Vladimir Putin, offering him our country as a gateway to Latin America, and a few days later, on February 25, Fernández arranged for Argentina to refrain from voting to condemn the invasion in the OAS forum. As in 1943, as in the cases of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba, we stand on the infamous side of history, becoming an unpredictable nation that no one could trust. This is nurtured by an organic intelligentsia, nostalgic for violence, which does not hesitate to make rhetorical contortions to justify the illegal invasion.

For all of the above, we, the undersigned, urge the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and call on the entire civilized world to support the brave resistance of the Ukrainian people. And we also urge the Argentine government to publicly repudiate this flagrant violation of international law and to drop its systematic alignment with autocracies. In the name of its own history, Argentina must once again be a champion of democracy, human rights and world peace.

all signatures

The document was accompanied by: Juan José Sebreli, Graciela Fernández Meijide, Oscar Martínez, Beatriz Sarlo, Santiago Kovadloff, Luis Alberto Romero, Marcelo Gioffré, Luis Brandoni, Marcos Aguinis, Liliana de Riz, Miguel Wiñazki, Maximiliano Gregorio-Cernadas, Daniel Sabsay, Marcelo Cavarozzi, María Sáenz Quesada, Julio Montero, Marcos Novaro, Osvaldo Bazán, Maximiliano Guerra, Federico Andahazi, Fernando Iglesias, Marcelo Birmajer, Héctor Guyot, Lana Montalbán, Alejandro Fargosi, Diana Cohen Agrest, Vicente Palermo, Darío Lopérfido, Jorge Ossona, Jorge Sigal, Alejandro Rozitchner, Federico Galiana, Sabrina Ajmechet, Fabio Quetglas, Jesús Rodríguez, Luis Quevedo, Gonzalo Garcés, Alfredo Leuco, Fanny Mandelbaum, Hernán Iglesias Illia, Gustavo Noriega, Pablo Racioppi, José Luis Merlín, Marcelo Acuña, Hugo Quiroga, Fernando Cichero, Gabriel Palumbo, Josefina Delgado, Cecilia Scalisi, Rogelio Alaniz, Enrique Aguilar, Christian Cao, Leopoldo Kulesz, Diego Recalde, Jose Emilio Burucúa, Julián Sch vindlerman, Diana Wang, Agustín Campero, Henoch Aguiar, Lorena Matzen, Adolfo Stubrin, Lila Puig, Roberto Azzaretto, María Isabel Santa Cruz, Alejandro Bongiovanni, Fernando Pedrosa, Federico Saettone, Catalina Saugy, Sebastián Linares, Lucas Luchilo, Silvia Plager, Luis Diego Fernández, Alejandro Carrió, Sandra Pitta, Gustavo Liendo, Horacio Liendo, Santiago Gallichio, Myriam Barroso and Diana Sperling.

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