Global music campaign for courageous Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova

Peter Czermak, musician from Steyr, Austria

The famous Russian song “Ochi chornye / Black(Dark) Eyes” becomes a protest song

All we say is give peace a chance!

-John Lennon

STEYR, OBERöSTERREICH, ÖSTERREICH, March 21, 2022 / — These days there are many concerts in support of Ukraine all over the world. Austrian musician Peter Czermak was inspired by journalist Marina Ovsyannikova’s protest action in the Russian television studio. In “The Black Eyes of Marina Ovsyannikova”, her appeals to Russian citizens take the form of a song: “So come out to protest. And don’t be afraid. They can’t put everyone in jail…”

The melody of the famous Russian folk song “Ochi chornye” is used for this. This song itself is a symbol of the brotherhood of Russia and Ukraine. The original text was written by Ukrainian poet Yevhen Hrebinka in 1843.

The song was posted on Youtube and is available under “The Black Eyes of Marina Ovsyannikova”.

With this, Peter Czermak launches a solidarity campaign for Marina Ovsyannikova and calls on musicians around the world to sing this song in their native language and post it on YouTube. Any licensing revenue for the text will be used as a donation for those who have been persecuted or displaced in Russia or Ukraine.

Peter Czermak’s motivation can be found in a quote from John Lennon: “All we say is give peace a chance!”

Pierre Czermak
Lebenselixier Musik
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Marina Ovsyannikova’s “Black Eyes”