SRAL adds our voice to other cultural heritage communities and organisations expressing condemnation of the illegal invasion and occupation of the Ukrainian sovereign nation by the oppressor Russia. SRAL stands in solidarity with our European neighbours in Ukraine and Russian citizens protesting this war. We condemn the targeting of civilians and non-military targets. We call on Russia to cease operations within Ukraine and respect international law and human rights.
We encourage those in the cultural heritage sector to first think of their own safety before acting to safeguard artworks and buildings in their care. We advise all conservation professionals to use the online resources and tools that are available to preserve and maintain cultural heritage artefacts in times of crisis, including:
Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO): https://www.sucho.org/
Red Cross Ukraine Crisis: https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal
Artists and cultural workers across Russia sign an open anti-war letter. You can sign the open letter using the link via Google Forms. Please do not sign the letter several times, the form is working properly. The full list of signatories will be updated here.