I'm tired! Tired to apologize, tired to bear responsibility, tired to be ashamed, tired to feel shame! For what? .. For the fact that the slaveholding system disappeared from Asia? For the fact that Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, rolled like cheese in butter? For having defended Port Arthur, exchanged 15 thousands of Russians for 110 thousands of Japanese? Because, defending Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in 1854, near 1000, the militiamen, having lost 40 people, repulsed the attack of three times greater than the forces, sending them to the grave or to the bed of 400 opponents, and because their commander-Anglo-Saxon shot himself? For the fact that Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece freed from the Turks? Because they did not allow to destroy the Serbs? For executing peacekeeping duty, in Afghanistan they exchanged 15 thousand for 200 thousand? For the fact that the 90 paratroopers did not allow 2500 militants to break through the height of 776? For exchanging 84 for 400? For the fact that two battalions of mercenaries in Grozny could not destroy the assault squad of the Maikop brigade? For the fact that the Soviet army liberated Europe from fascism? Maybe I apologize for Bayazet? For the Brest Fortress? For the "attack of the dead"? For the destroyer "Novik" or the leader "Tashkent"? Or maybe before the Mongols - for the fact that we had thrown off the yoke? Or for Alexander Nevsky, for the fact that the European knights to the bottom of Lake Peipsi lowered? For the fact that Anna Yaroslavna taught Europe to use the plug and wash at least once a month, and not once every six months? Or maybe apologize for the ninth parachute company of 345-th Guards separate paratrooper regiment, which took the battle at the height of 3234 in Afghanistan? Why should I, as a Russian, apologize here ?!
For the fact that, despite everything, we have kept honor, pride and humanity? For the fact that our rulers do not allow us to lower to the level of Somalia? For the fact that my great-grandfathers drove the Japanese and Americans out of the Far East?
I understood! .. I must apologize for the fact that unwashed, downtrodden and uneducated Russia gave the world Tolstoy, Herzen, Gorky, Gogol, Lomonosov, Chernyshevsky, Gagarin, Korolev, Tsiolkovsky, Krylov, etc.!
Yes. I'm tired. I am Russian, and I am tired of apologizing for being Russian. For the fact that the blood of those who nailed a shield at the gates of Constantinople, those who destroyed the Roman Empire, who mastered 1 / 6 of earthly land, those who saved Europe from the Tatar-Mongols and fascists, those who rode through the streets Paris, those who on ships saved the future of the United States from Britain (yes, yes, and that too!). You can list a lot, but ... Every state has pages stories
which we can be proud of, but for some reason only Russia should be ashamed of its history and sprinkle ashes on its head! And to whom? Before Europe, which destroyed the Incas, Aztec, Maya, burned people at the stake, cut out half of Africa, and sold the rest into slavery!
I wonder what we should do to finally be forgiven everything, “humiliated” by us?
Maybe we should stop writing about our history in an apologetic and self-deprecating tone? Personally, I'm tired of apologizing! It's time to learn to be proud of who you are! I am Russian, and I want my children to be proud of the country in which they were born!