Tenco Award 2022, Jurij Sevčuk: “We will not be there, there is a war and people die. Forgive us”

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The Tenco International Jurij Ševčuk Prize, tomorrow will not be able to be present at the Ariston Theater in Sanremo for the withdrawal of the Tenco 2022 Prize due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the consequent closure of the Russian borders. Her statement follows.

“Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Thank you very much, Tenco! Thank you very much, Sanremo! We send you a huge thank you, but unfortunately we were unable to come to attend the award ceremony in person. Forgive us. A war is underway. Human beings are dying. Culture suffers, those most in difficulty today are the people who carry out intellectual works, subjected to harsh censorship and persecution. Even our DDT group has had all the concerts we had to hold in our beloved country canceled. Culture suffers, and culture, in times like this, is a very thin layer of butter on a piece of stale bread. Culture is the flora and fauna of good and love, understanding and empathy. But not even the biggest mountain is anymore high grass that grows on it. Music knows no boundaries. Music does not fight. Music gives love. I wish everyone peace and good, I wish everyone harmony, and I hope that next year we will be able to play a concert. Long live peace! Hello everybody. With great respect, Yuri Shevchuk and the DDT group “.