A Polish citizen drops out of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations as a sign of protest against the invasion of Russian troops in the Crimea
The reasons for my resignation from the studies in Moscow.
Below I present a video footage presenting the reasons for my resignation from the studies in Moscow, as well as my written statement.
My name is Konstanty Chodkowski. On March 11, 2014, I voluntarily quit studying in Russia. My decision was made as an act of protest against Russian (Federation) military intervention in Crimea as well as an ordinary, human reaction and manifestation of solidarity with Ukrainian nation.
Leaving for Russia (or even earlier) and working as a journalist, I have perceived peace building and mutual understanding among Polish, Ukrainian and Russian people as a matter of the utmost importance. I have always wanted our nations and countries to live as neighbours and to solve all the conflicts by diplomacy and civic dialogue. I am not a ministry, politician or any influential person. Nevertheless, I have tried to be a part of reconciliation as much as my humble capabilities allowed me to.
However, circumstances worked against lofty/noble ideals. Coming back to Poland I could only watch in despair how Slavic, fraternal nations are plunging in conflict mindlessly being at each other’s throat.
During the years I have made many close friends with Ukrainians and Russians and thanks to that I know all the difficulties between us could be solved peacefully, by talk and dialogue. So, it is not only a faith, it is a knowledge that Russians as well as Poles and Ukrainians always can get along with each other. So, if it is possible at the level of individuals, it is definitely possible at the level of countries as well. Without the need for using military, threatens and unpleasant or unnecessary words.
That is why I consider the use of armed forces totally unjustified and directed against peace and harmony. I would like to express it by giving up studying in Russia. It is not the way towards peace building; we will never achieve fundamental understanding, let alone friendship and reconciliation.
My decision is not addressed against Russia or its people but against war. My whole adult life I was eager to know Russia and Ukraine, I wanted to graduate from universities in those countries, learn Russian language and then tell Polish people that behind Eastern border do not hide our enemies but potential partners, who must be trusted and who we should speak with. Unfortunately, today I cannot name intervention in Crimea differently than unjustified occupancy.
And this is the greatest pain for me.