The listener, who was offended by host Matvey Ganapolsky on Ukrainian radio, admitted that he feared for his safety. An employee of one of the Dnepropetrovsk universities tried to speak out in support of Russia, but was met with a series of curses from the host. After a story about this story, a resident of Dnepropetrovsk contacted the media. He introduced himself as Alexander, explaining that he was afraid to fully disclose personal data. In a conversation with Vesti FM columnist Nikolai Osipov, he shared an opinion that never made it to Ukrainian radio.
Osipov: You became one of the most famous radio listeners, probably after your call to Matvey Ganapolsky. In principle, did you assume that your opinion would be met with hostility on the air of Ukrainian Vesti like this?
Alexander: I assumed that it would be met with hostility, but I did not imagine that this conversation, which took place on the air, would become so famous. With hostility - of course. Here’s a concrete example: there, one host was called by a person who said: “Crimean Tatars are not such patriots of Ukraine, they have some kind of their own interests and plans in relation to Crimea, and Ukraine doesn’t need to kiss them like that.” And as soon as the radio listener began to say this, the presenter immediately removed him from the air and said, I quote this assessment expressed by the radio host verbatim: “Your opinion is too harsh.”
Osipov: That is, on your part, it was such a test of the strength of the broadcast of Vesti Ukraine?
Alexander: For a number of reasons, I was unable to take up arms and go to the Donbass. Why? Because I have a family here, if I go there, what will happen to my family? But it is impossible to sit idly by, and at least call on the air, at least try to express your point of view, at least try to show radio listeners that not everyone here lies under the heel of the fascist - this can be done. I do it.
Osipov: In the end, what did you want to say to Ganapolsky, or rather, to the audience? They didn't let you agree?
Alexander: Yes. We talked with Ganapolsky about the qualities that I like most in Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. So this quality is the ability to resist. So I look at him and see that he is constantly doing what? Resist! Why is he resisting and not attacking? Because the evil that has now fallen on Russia, on the Russian people, is so strong, it has so much power that it is impossible to attack it, to attack it. But she, this evil spirits, can be resisted.
Osipov: Tell me, are your friends and acquaintances aware of these radio adventures of yours? I perfectly understand that maybe not everyone shares your point of view, and maybe even in some sense you can be subjected to some kind of condemnation, I'm not even talking about some kind of threats? Do the people you talk to know you called? Are you there, at home, now a famous person?
Alexander: At home, of course, they know. My closest friends know. Well, outsiders, of course, do not know. The thing is, it's very dangerous. If, God forbid, strangers found out that Alexander from Dnepropetrovsk, who is now being written and talked about in some media, is me, then I would have to ... I would not be greeted, in general. Do you know what is the current order in Ukraine? If they say to you: “Glory to Ukraine!”, you should answer: “Glory to the heroes!”. On the street, they can easily come up. By no means do I want to say that this happens every day, every hour, no. But it can happen, and it does sometimes. Some young people of boxing appearance, criminal, they can come up on the street and say: “Glory to Ukraine!”. If you don't answer, well, they might beat up the person. Do you want me to give you an example?
Osipov: Of course.
Alexander: I work at the Oles Gonchar Dnepropetrovsk National University. Students of 3-4 courses, approximately 20-21 years old. Imagine young beautiful people. Here they are walking down the corridor in the middle of a working day at the university, and they meet an elderly employee of the university. She was already almost under 80. She is such an ancient pensioner. And so they took it and shouted to her: “Glory to Ukraine!”. She didn't answer. Why she didn't answer, who knows. Maybe just because she didn't hear, her health wasn't the same anymore. In general, if she heard, she is not obliged to answer, she is half a century older than them. Why does she have to answer to some jerks? In general, she did not answer. And these humanitarians of ours came up and beat her right under the door of the rector's office. They hit me in the head. And what do you think? The rector convened a meeting of the academic council of the university, raised this issue, said that we had an emergency, ordered to intensify educational work? Nothing. Silence and smoothness - God's grace. Everyone whispers, each other pass this case. Everyone knows that it happened, but the authorities do not take any measures and do not even publicize this event. Here is such a thing.
Osipov: Alexander, are you not afraid that you disclose too much data?
Alexander: I will explain to you why I do not give my name, but at the same time I say where I work. I'll explain what the goal is. This goal coincides with the goal that guided me when I called Ganapolsky live and spoke about supporting Putin. What is the purpose? Look, I have many acquaintances, these are Russian people who hate fascism, they hate those who have come to power now and are outrageous in Ukraine, but these many people are intimidated - this is not surprising. Of course, you get scared when this happens on the streets. And many people sit alone, trembling, and themselves are afraid of the thought of how alone they are. But I think that if they suddenly hear on the air of a person who speaks openly, as far as possible, they will cheer up. Do you understand? Still, when people hear that Putin is supported by a person involved in science, in education, it seems to me that this news itself should have quite uplifting forces to strengthen the faith and hope of such lonely supporters of Russia.
Osipov: Do calls like yours often get on the Ukrainian TV and radio air?
Alexander: Very rarely.
Osipov: Alexander, thank you very much for agreeing to talk with us. I wish you health, strength and, above all, safety, so that everything goes well with you.
Alexander: Thank you. And good luck to you. We will win! Goodbye.