Report: Musician Brutally Executed in Own Home After Totally Snubbing Concert

The Ukrainian conductor Yuriy Kerpatenko opposed the occupation of his city by the Russians. His resistance cost him his life.

Kerpatenko, the chief conductor of the Gileya Chamber Orchestra and chief conductor of the Mykola Kulish Music and Drama Theater in Kherson, was killed this month, according to the Guardian.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Culture announced his death in a Facebook post on Friday.

“After Yuri Kerpatenko refused to cooperate with the occupiers, he was shot dead by the Russian military in his own home. This was reported by journalist Olena Vanina,” the translation of the post said.

Leaders of the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian city wanted to hold a concert “to demonstrate the so-called ‘restoration of peaceful life’ in Kherson. However, the conductor of the orchestra, Yuriy Kerpatenko, categorically refused to cooperate with the occupying forces,” said the Ukrainian government post.


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The date of his death was not given.

The regional prosecutor for Kherson province said in a statement that Kerpatenko’s friends and family stopped hearing from him in September, according to the New York Post.

“Currently, law enforcement officials are taking steps aimed at prompt, full and impartial investigation of the circumstances surrounding the crime,” the agency said.

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Musicians and writers condemned Russia.

“The history of Russia imposing a ‘follow or die’ policy on artists is nothing new. It has a centuries-old history,” Finnish-Ukrainian conductor Dalia Stasevska said, according to the Guardian.

“I’ve seen too much silence among Russian colleagues,” she said. “Would this be the time for Russian musicians, especially those living and working abroad, to finally stand up and take a stand against the Russian regime’s actions in Ukraine?”

Conductor Semyon Bychkov, music director of the Czech Philharmonic, called the murder “pure genocide”.

“The tragic irony is the talk about the superiority of Russian culture, its humanism,” he said. “And here they murdered someone who actually brings beauty into people’s lives. It’s disgusting. The bullets do not distinguish between people. That this man was a conductor didn’t make me any worse, it just confirmed the pure evil that was going on before the first bombs fell on Ukraine.”


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Ukrainian author Oleksandr Mykhed said: “Russia is trying to rebuild the Soviet Union in the occupied territories.”

“One of the key components of Soviet policy was the destruction of the culture of the enslaved countries. Murder of cultural workers, cleansing of libraries, banning of national languages. The modern occupiers fully follow this strategy. Destroy culture, sport, education. And when our territories are deoccupied, we will learn dozens and hundreds of such terrible stories. Stories of destruction and heroic resistance,” he said.

Anatoliy Solovianenko, chief director of Ukraine’s Kyiv National Opera, said the problem is very simple.

“It doesn’t matter whether he was a doctor, a worker or an artist. He was human and he refused to conform,” he said.

Kherson has been occupied by Russia since early March, and according to the New York Times, the Ukrainian army is now moving to retake the city. Report: Musician Brutally Executed in Own Home After Totally Snubbing Concert

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