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Oleksiy Goncharenko and Oliver Bullough, with music from Ukrainian soprano Inna Husieva

'A Crime Against Peace’ – A BIF Fundraiser for the DEC's Ukraine Humanitarian AppealBuxton Opera Housebutton--dates-and-timesDates & Times

Please note: Oleksiy Goncharenko has replaced Tom Tugendhat in this event.


Ukraine’s people face catastrophe. How did it happen, how can we help them and how should Britain face up to war on the European mainland? 

In this special Festival event we are delighted to be joined by two thinkers trying to answer these horrific challenges.

Oleksiy Goncharenko is a Ukrainian politician representing Podilsk, Odessa in the Ukrainian parliament. He is a vocal opponent to the Russian invasion. Oliver Bullough writes regularly for the Guardian and New York Times, and as an author has explored the depth of Britain’s financial ties with Russia’s elite. They will be in conversation with Julian Glover, in an event that will finish with the Ukrainian soprano Inna Husieva performing two Ukrainian songs and Tsaryu Nebesnyy (O Heavenly King) - a beautiful prayer composed by Tetiana Yashvili.

Oleksiy Goncharenko has been a staunch critic of Russia's human rights record throughout his career, and since the full-scale invasion began has worked with international media to fight Russian propaganda. He is a founder of a network of educational and cultural centres throughout Ukraine, many of which have now been reformatted to provide support during the war.

Oliver Bullough is the author of Butler to the World: How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals. He was author of the financial expose Moneyland, a Sunday Times bestseller, and two celebrated books about the former Soviet Union: The Last Man in Russia and Let Our Fame Be Great.

Soprano Inna Husieva was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. She completed her master’s degree at the Pyotr Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine under the tutelage of Professor Evdokia Kolesnik. Since 2017, Inna has been working with the Open Opera Ukraine, specialising in the performance of baroque repertoire. Inna is a 2021/22 Young Artist at the National Opera Studio.

For each £15 ticket sold, Buxton International Festival will donate £5 to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.


  • Duration: 1hr 30mins
  • Price: £15