Their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nenadonasspasat tells stories of different citizens of the Russian Federation living in Ukraine.
We are Russians. We live in different parts of Ukraine – some of us for a long time, and some just arrived, some – by the call from the heart, and some – to work here. But one thing unites us all: we are tired of listening to lies. Trust us – we are comfortable in this wonderful country, and there are no safety threats for us. Please, there is no need to save us!
- – I am a citizen of Russia. I work in Ukraine. I live one kilometer away from Maidan. And recently my Russian Mom visited me.
- – I am a citizen of Russia. We didn’t ask you to save us.
- – I am a citizen of Russia. They have always loved me in Ukraine.
- – I am a citizen of Russia. Before saving me, you’d better ask me.
- – We are citizens of Russia. And everyone has always treated us well here.
- – Please, don’t save us.
- – Stop saving us.
- – …well, I’m nervous…
- – Here is my Russian passport.
- – I’ve been living in Ukraine…
- – …why aren’t you showing your passport?
- – Oh, here, I’m sorry.
Song: Russia, no need to save us.
– Hello, my name is Piotr Chernyshov. I’m a citizen of Russia, here is my passport. Next to me is my wife, Elizaveta Cherkasova.
– I’m also a citizen of Russia.
– I don’t want to address the whole of Russia now – it’s too much responsibility. But I want to say this to the residents of my native city Ekaterinburg, a city with population of almost two million. If anyone tells you that Russians in Ukraine are in danger, that we need to be saved, don’t believe it. We are perfectly fine here, we feel comfortable, and never in the 8 years of our life in Ukraine did we encounter a single case of persecution for our nationality, language or for any other reasons.
– I want to add that we love this country a lot. We enjoy traveling here, and invite our friends to visit. Many of those who know us in Ekaterinburg have also been our guests here. And we together traveled to every corner of this country, without feeling uncomfortable speaking Russian, or without experiencing any change in attitude towards us because we were not Ukrainians. Please don’t save us.
– Why aren’t you showing your passport?
– Oh, sorry, here it is.
– Hello. My name is Maksim Kobzar, I am a citizen of Russia. I have been living and working in Ukraine since 2006. Kyiv has always been, and remains today, the most friendly city on Earth, where all nationalities are treated well, and you feel free to speak any language. I can say the same about other cities of Ukraine which I have had opportunities to visit – in the west, in the east, and in the center. This is why I’m addressing the citizens of the Russian Federation; the authorities of the Russian Federation: please, don’t save us, don’t interfere into Ukraine’s internal affairs. We feel good here, everybody likes us, thank you, and we wish you peace.
– Hello. I’m Alisa Komm. I’m a citizen of the Russian Federation. I lived in Rostov-on-Don until I was 17 years old. Here is my Russian passport. I have lived in Kyiv for over 9 years. I love Ukraine a lot. And this feeling is mutual. And I also love Russia. I’m addressing the whole Russia and Russian government: please stop saving us! There is absolutely no need to do it. We are great here.
– Hello. I’m Alexander Gorlov. I’m a citizen of Russia. Here is my Russian passport. I have been living in Kyiv for over 10 years. My apartment is only one kilometer away from Maidan. I would like to address Russian citizens, all Russians: everything is quiet here. Nobody is mistreating us. Please don’t save us.
translation by Resha Vasko, edited by Alan J. Beckett