Russian author Prilepin who came back from Donbass explains why he doesn’t want to carry on war
The writer is no longer inspired by war.
Russian author Zakhar Prilepin has stated in an interview with a Slovenian TV-channel RTV 4 that he is no longer taking part in military operations in Donbass, because he doesn’t want to serve the interests of big business.
Initially, the author willingly headed to Donbass, because he thought “there was a lot of music, poetry, and a lot of space for gesture.”
However, after head of Donetsk People’s Republic Aleksander Zakharchenko was murdered, profound changes appeared in the Republic. Prilepin says Donbass looks a lot like “another Russia’s region,” with Russia itself “being beside the point.”
At the present time, the author helps people of the self-proclaimed Republic through a humanitarian foundation and a battalion he is still heading. “I no longer want to take part in military operations, because I don’t want to serve the interests of big business. I don’t want to carry on war for capitalism,” Prilepin said.
Zakhar Prilepin headed to Donbass in December, 2015. In February, 2017, he founded his own battalion in the Donetsk People’s Republic. In summer, 2018, the writer returned to Russia. The day before, it became known that he got a post of a deputy art director for literature at Gorky’s Moscow Art Theatre.