Artist and filmmaker Vasily Melnichenko 2015 moved from Russia to Germany because of persecution by the FSB. In Lviv, the Russian artist, opened the exhibition “Tale,” which deals with a new type of citizen with a criminal mind, which can be found in the Russian-occupied part of the territory of Ukraine.
“I was deeply wounded and caused a disgust that left Russia to Eastern Ukraine to fight for machines. It is not people who are willing to kill people to pay the mortgage. It just does not fit in the head”, – said the artist.
“As soon as Russia took Crimea, I immediately said that I can start parting with Russia, that this country will not, because Russia launches processes that it will have consequences. Already started the sinification of Eastern Siberia, insane poverty, and poverty is very visible in the regions, and the shortage of resources will change the team on the ground. So what to feed Moscow, when everyone can live better and this issue will arise. Those who call themselves elite, is when the feeders claimed more and more willing. Of the population in Russia was ceased in 1993, the ardor of 1991 passed.”
The artist said that at first the Russians learned the power of hate the Georgians, then the Ukrainians.
“I realized that, Russia took Crimea not spontaneously, preparing for this occupation, as you can see from those grants, which were allocated by years, when for many years was funded by the nationalist Cossack formations, which are then left in the Crimea to work out the money. I took pictures of them and saw that they are not the same people, but their views the same – camp in Crimea and the Donbass, then there are the faces of the bandits, fellowship.”
Crimea will return to Ukraine after the collapse of Russia and Putin’s death. Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea of 2014. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia imposed economic sanctions.