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"I warned in 2015": Russian director Alexey Herman voiced a ridiculous reason for Russia's attack on Ukraine

Alexey Herman voiced a ridiculous reason for Russia's attack on Ukraine

Russian filmmaker Alexey Herman Jr. is releasing his film Air, a Kremlin-funded thriller about World War II that has already been categorized as a "patriotic film," in Russian theaters. Meanwhile, the filmmaker says nothing about his homeland's terrorist war against Ukraine, and when foreign journalists do ask, he only gives vague answers about NATO and the West, which have allegedly always "threatened" Russia.

For example, journalists from the American publication Variety talked to Herman, and he told them that no one, let alone Russia, wanted this war. Judging by his answers, Oleksiy considers a full-scale armed invasion to be a "necessary measure".

"My position is very simple. In 2015, my film Under Electric Clouds premiered in Berlin. This film began with a dialogue about globalization and the fact that globalization will not save us from a great war. Many people asked me what I meant. I answered that absolute misunderstanding on both sides is the consequence and the reason for the impossibility of any dialogue and compromise. And this will lead to war. The tragedy that is happening now is the result of 10 years of no attempts at dialogue between the West and Russia. Unfortunately, this war was predictable," the director said.

So, when asked to express his position on the war, Herman cleverly evades the question, not saying whether he condemns or supports Russian aggression.

''I warned in 2015'': Russian director Alexey Herman voiced a ridiculous reason for Russia's attack on Ukraine

However, the filmmaker openly supports the narrative that the occupiers are not destroying Ukraine by killing its civilians, but are only "protecting" their homeland from NATO. And while at first Herman said that he allegedly knew about the war and considered it inevitable, in a few seconds he began to argue that "it all happened very suddenly."

"No one wanted this war. But if you ask ordinary people in Russia, 80% will say that NATO provoked this war. When I spoke about Under Electric Clouds in Berlin in 2015, I spoke to journalists from several countries and warned them. But no one published it. The country has a bloody history for hundreds of years. I am not saying that we have not invaded other countries. We have. But we have also been invaded. Our paranoia has very deep roots. Historically, we do not trust the West. This war happened very unexpectedly. In order to avoid tragedy, we must try to understand each other. Unfortunately, we have lost the ability to dialog," the director said.

In conclusion, Herman said that Europe and the United States "cannot run away" from Russia, and vice versa. He added: "I don't believe that Russia will break up into many small states. And I think Europe will remain united as well."

As OBOZ.UA wrote earlier, the famous Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov presented his film The Wife of Tchaikovsky at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in May 2022. This is despite the State Film Agency's request to boycott Russian filmmakers and exclude them from participating in the competition. The delegation from the aggressor country was allowed to enter Cannes, arguing that Serebrennikov had allegedly opposed the war in Ukraine. The organizers are apparently not bothered by the fact that the director also called for help to the families of the occupiers who are killing and raping Ukrainian civilians.

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