1935 a great thinker and artist Nikolai Roerich invited the heads of state of
the world powers to sign the International Treaty on Protection of Cultural
Heritage. This treaty, known as the “Roerich Pact”, established the priority of
cultural values over militarism and was signed by all civilized countries of
However, cultural values continue to be destroyed, mostly not in time of war
but in peacetime, and not by any enemies of the state but by its own citizens –
first and foremost, by businessmen and state bureaucrats. These destructive
activities can be described as “peace time vandalism”, which destroys culture
for the sake of short-term profit.
The intention to sell England’s oldest film studio, with a rich and glorious
tradition of making great movies is another example of this vandalism. People
who make such decisions have a narrow outlook, limited intelligence and are
callous. They don’t give a damn about the cultural achievements of mankind,
seeing no profit in it for themselves.
I would follow Roerich and suggest a total ban on destroying monuments and
cultural institutions, regardless of the changing political and economic
landscape. This is as bad as poisoning wells or destroying temples. However it
happens all the time and often, right before our eyes.
You must stop the people who behave like rhinos. They do not understand the
meaning of cultural heritage, the real wealth of civilization, that it must be
protected for future generations to avoid their spiritual degradation.
It seems useless to appeal to those who have dollar signs in their eyes. They
must be opposed the unity of all those who cherish culture. I add my voice in
defence of the studios. Let us do everything in our power to stop the heavy tread