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You're reading: The future of Ukraine: An open letter from European intellectuals

We
cannot afford to turn our back on Ukraine. The new authoritarians in
Kyiv should know that there will be a high price to pay for their
repressive policies and for abandoning the European aspirations of
the people. It is not too late for us to change things for the better
and prevent Ukraine from becoming a dictatorship. Passivity in the
face of the authoritarian turn in Ukraine and the country’s
reintegration into a newly expanding Russian imperial sphere of
interests pose a threat to the European Union’s integrity. It is a
threat not just to the moral integrity of the Union but possibly to
its internal institutional integrity as well. Alongside the
diplomatic and economic measures taken by individual states and the
entire EU, independent democratic initiatives should make efforts to
defend victims of repression, support civil society and strengthen
independent media.

independent democratic initiatives should make efforts to defend victims of repression, support civil society and strengthen independent media.

The quality
of any democracy depends to a great extent on what its citizens know
about their country and the world. In Ukraine, the picture of the
world is shaped by the authorities, who control most of the mass
media, and Russian television channels faithful to President Putin.
For the sake of democracy, we must support and strengthen independent
and pluralistic media in Ukraine.

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