Recently, in Ukraine, almost every second politician claims to be a linguist and specialist in the Ukrainian language - according to mov. Sometimes it comes to the point of absurdity. This is when people who themselves do not really know the Ukrainian language impose on Ukrainians what language they should speak and think. In this regard, it is no longer only contemporaries who get it, but also figures historical.
Recently, Irina Farion, known in Ukraine and abroad for her impenetrable dense Russophobia, attacked, no less, Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol. According to Farion, the writer went crazy for the reason that he wrote his works in Russian. The Ukrainians themselves, commenting on this attack by Farion, said that if we are guided by her logic, then today half of the Rada and the government of Ukraine are crazy, since they communicate with each other in Russian.
It is quite understandable where the statements that the Russian language is “alien to the Ukrainian mentality” come from. This is a continuation of the well-known policy, in which they are trying with all their might to tear Ukraine away from Russia, to replace a single story with contrived stories about the "ancient Ukrainian people" and the "ancient Ukrainian language." Talking heads continue to spread these absurdities, and Farion is one of them.
Alexey Pushkov discusses in his program how Ukrainian politicians came to attack Gogol, and why he wrote in Russian: