View of a foreigner from Canada on the situation in Russia. It practically coincides with the opinion of the patrites.
Ardzhil Turner argues that Russia has two misfortunes - the pseudo-elite and the pseudo-intelligentsia:
The great Russian writer Nikolai Gogol once wrote: “Russia has two misfortunes - fools and roads!”. It turned out to be completely different: in the 21st century this great country’s misfortunes turned out to be very different.
I first came to Russia in the 1980 year at the Moscow Olympic Games. More than 30 years have passed since then, but I still remember what surprised me the most then - the open and surprisingly happy faces of people. True, later in our delegation they said that the KGB made them smile, but they could not believe it. After that, I visited Russia more than 2's dozens of times, and my impressions of what I saw were outlined in this article.
For the past two decades, the countries of the former USSR have continued to experience upheavals, comparable only to the genocide of the Indians, which was carried out by the ancestors of the current white US citizens.
Under the thunder of false statements about the triumph of democracy and the “infusion” of these countries into the bosom of “divine” democracy, the scenario of slow erasure of the peoples who have borne the brunt of the fight against fascism is actually implemented.
I want to stress right away that by Russia I mean all the countries of the former USSR, since in fact it continues to exist at the subconscious level of the overwhelming majority of its population. The post-Soviet elites in any former republic are like two drops of water, be it Tajikistan, Moldova or Latvia. Of course, this statement is true for Russia, but with some peculiarities.
In order to understand what unites them, it is enough to remember history the arrival of the current so-called "elite" to power.
At the beginning of the 80-ies, among the highest party nomenclature, both at the union level and in the national republics, the conviction matured that the capital illegally acquired by them in close cooperation with the underworld must somehow be legalized. As long as some kind of strong central authority existed in Moscow, it was impossible to do so. Therefore, the most convenient and profitable candidate for the post of the head of the USSR was Mikhail Gorbachev, a short-sighted and very self-serving person. It must be said that he fully met expectations and managed to destroy everything in 5 years.
It is regrettable to realize that the decisive role in the collapse of the USSR was played by well-known circles of the United States and some other countries who, by all means, tried to get rid of their geopolitical rival by any, even the dirtiest ways. It should be noted that they succeeded. It would be completely wrong from a geopolitical point of view to blame them for it, but ...
How could countries forever boasting of their democratic values and commitment to freedom, contribute to a sharp reduction in the population in the countries of the former USSR, the outbreak of conflicts on its territory, the collapse of the most advanced to the beginning of 90-s education and medicine systems? How could they sacrifice millions of lives and human lives for the sake of their interests? Of course, behind fake words about human rights, they hide all the same golden calf and desire to exploit the whole world.
Let us return, however, to the post-Soviet elites. Many analysts believe that Russia itself experienced two "orange" revolutions - in 1991 (the so-called "putsch") and 1993 (shooting of the Supreme Soviet) years. Indeed, all their signs are evident: the formation of false public opinion through total influence through the mass media, falsification of mass popular discontent, etc. There is hardly another country that could withstand such trials in such a short period of time ... But Russia was able to.
However, as a result of the widespread exclusion from the system of power of competent management personnel who worked at the Allied level, people who were selected according to several criteria who did not have and have nothing to do with professionalism turned out to be nourished. This is personal loyalty, family and the ability to extract profits by any means.
In the former national republics of the USSR, the coming to power of such people was also due to such a factor as the complete elimination of any kind of control from Moscow, which further aggravated the oligarchic and corruption oppression ...
In addition, this factor in the former Soviet republics still continues to play a decisive role for two reasons.
First: during the USSR, the best national cadres moved to Moscow. Thus, after the collapse of the USSR in power, with rare exceptions in the form of Nursultan Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan and Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus, there were people who by definition were unable to fulfill the role of national leader and even make decisions on their own.
Second, in almost all the former republics, mass expulsion began from the leading positions of leaders who did not belong to the so-called “indigenous nationality”, but at the same time possessing the highest qualifications.
Thus, economic collapse, impoverishment and a sharp decline in population were inevitable. It is a shame to realize that all these so-called "reforms" were carried out according to recipes, and often under the guidance of Western advisers. So, they bear the most direct responsibility for what is happening in the former USSR.
In Russia, these processes also occurred, but without a pronounced national tint. However, the effects of 90's continue to be felt. The main reason is that the new “elite”, which took possession of its capital in those years through privatization, which is considered the overwhelming majority of Russia to be predatory and unfair, has not yet realized its responsibility for the country and the people.
It would seem that more than 20 years have passed, but so far the revival of the Russian elite in the real sense of this concept has not happened. She is still confident that she will continue to rob the peoples of Russia. At the moment, there is a unique, in its own way the only control system in the world in which criminal methods of enrichment and the system of state power work together.
Therefore, in both federal and regional and municipal authorities, there are critically few real professionals in Russia. They are dominated by people who have received their posts by acquaintance, or due to corrupt or kinship ties. Therefore, all the initiatives and instructions of Vladimir Putin are stuck in such a swamp.
From the point of view of the geopolitical interests of the United States, perhaps the collapse of the Russian armed forces can only be welcomed, but we must not forget that these interests in the global world are actively opposed by China, and in the economic sense - all of Europe and all of Southeast Asia. Having a powerful Russia as a counterweight to these centers of power is beneficial. However, the Americans continue to contribute to the development of negative processes in the Russian Federation, even without taking into account the factor of its nuclear weapons.
An equally amazing picture emerged among other ministers in the government of Dmitry Medvedev, where, not excluding him, there are practically no experienced managers and specialists in their fields, with the exception of Olga Golodets, the vice-premier for social issues.
Small Russian cities and villages are in blatant poverty, health care does not meet modern requirements, the system of famous Soviet education and science has been destroyed, many unique technologies have been lost. Small and medium-sized private business, except trade, does not have the ability to progressively develop.
People have a sense of misunderstanding and outrage at many expenses of the Russian government. Such as the holding of the APEC summit, where only the fireworks, produced by the personal order of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, cost the Russian budget almost 9 million dollars. And this is despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Russian pensioners receive a pension in 250-350 dollars ...
At the end of 80-X - the beginning of 90-x, many people who previously belonged to the intelligentsia - engineers, doctors, teachers were deprived of work and were forced to earn a living, not working in their specialty, and even janitors and porters. The huge mass of complex industries and research institutes was closed. In the first place, its material situation was able to significantly improve only a small part of the intelligentsia, which had access to the wealth section.
These are cultural figures and artists who decided that it was their honor to be called the conscience of the nation. It is they who currently form in the Russian society the space of culture, which it would be correct to call pseudo-culture.
It should be noted that the basis for the ideological formation of independent states in the space of the former USSR is the complete negation of the positive phenomena that co-existence brought first in Czarist Russia, and then in the USSR. These are the construction of modern plants and factories, universal secondary education, free medicine, the development of national cultures and much more. Now all this is denied, and government policy in almost all the former republics of the USSR (except Belarus), now independent states, has been shaping the image of Russians as occupiers and colonialists, which is an absolute lie.
As a rule, such companies are funded by various non-governmental and non-profit organizations in some countries of Europe, the Middle East and the USA. The pseudo-intelligentsia bought for these grants has been throwing mud at the joint history of the peoples of the former USSR for many years.
But if with regard to the former republics of the USSR this is somehow understandable, then in Russia the society will not accept such a reception for the formation of a state ideology. Therefore, a different approach is being implemented here.
The basis of it was the presentation of the Soviet period of history as completely dark, brutal and bloody. This also makes a lot of money. The overwhelming majority of places in any organizations that form public opinion and culture - in the Public Chamber, the Council under the President of Russia, television companies, the film industry, and the theater are occupied by people who do business on throwing mud at the history of their own people. Meanwhile, they represent an insignificant part of modern Russian society.
The distortion of history has now acquired truly grotesque forms in Russia. Funds from the state budget, numbering tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars, are being shot and advertised in absolutely false and not criticizing films and TV series such as “Scum,” “Penalty”, “Last Armored Train” and others.
Russian television is simply impossible to watch: you will not see here, or at least you will see very rarely the classics of European or American cinema, there are third-rate paintings that no one in their homeland would watch. Advertising is broadcast almost every 10 minutes and it seems that no one is going to control the Russian advertising law.
Among the socio-political programs the lion's share is occupied by various shows. And most of them are devoted to the debunking of the so-called "historical myths".
Surprisingly, but the Russians themselves, or rather, not they, but the pseudo-elite and the pseudo-intelligentsia simply love to throw mud at their past for the state money. This is about the same as if US citizens had been doing the same for years with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who allowed the attack on Pearl Harbor, or Harry Truman, who ordered the nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, the French could have done the same with Charles de Gaulle and many other nations that destroyed as many, more precisely, more people than Russia.
However, instead of this, unlike her, they prefer to respect their history. One gets the impression, and moreover, it is quite reasonable that the people determining the cultural policy in Russia are only concerned with making money and nothing else.
Watching television, one involuntarily thinks that there is mass insanity in Russia. The death of an actress or director literally causes hysteria on all TV channels. At the same time, the demise of the famous scientist, designer, or even Marshal and Hero of the Soviet Union, at best, ends with a brief mention in the evening the news.
Among my ancestors were including Russian. But besides them, there were also Sioux Indians, Irish people and people of other nationalities. From the history of my family, I learned a simple truth: Western civilization can never be trusted. The elite of the country that believes it will destroy its people.
Now, few people remember, but in the summer of 1952, the United States conducted Operation Strangulation against the people of North Korea, during which they used chemical and bacteriological weapons against the 78 cities of North Korea. Toxic and irritant poisonous substances were used, including hydrocyanic acid. Even Adolf Hitler did not reach this point ...
I have the impression that the current Russian elite does not know history and does not remember how Western civilization destroyed entire nations only because their leaders were bought for its promises and gave their people to plunder, receiving in return beads, mirrors, and in the best case - obsolete weapon.
The Russian elite do not remember that in Western civilization it is not customary to abide by treaties. And the current intelligentsia in the countries of the former USSR does not care at all how its people live. If the elite and the intelligentsia do not realize this, if they do not self-clean, then Russia and all the former USSR republics will remain without a future, and their peoples will disappear from the face of the Earth, as was the case with other nations ...