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Interview to the Internet newspaper «Ugra-Inform»

11.06.2013

Interview to the Internet newspaper «Ugra-Inform»

«Natalia Vladimirovna, what does the Day of Russia mean to you? Is that a holiday or just a mark on the calendar?»

«Russia is a country with history that preserves the memory of great victories, scientific breakthroughs, and cultural phenomena of world scale. In my understanding, June 12 is a festive day honoring those Russians who are building day after day for centuries and are glorifying our state.»

«What is the Motherland for you, what is that birch tree in the field?»

«As one philosopher said, «people love their Motherland not because it is grand, but because it is ours». The frost, the trees enchained in white frost, impassable marshes, slender cedar trees and birch trees is the land that is the native land for me. And also the people who are able to live, work, love and overcome. There is nothing impossible for the people from the North. A very unique character is formed here. Even abroad you can easily recognize someone from Ugra for his eyes, energy and smile.»   

«We all, so to speak, come from the USSR. Are you familiar with the feeling of nostalgia for that time? What do you remember from those years?»

«The way people are, memories are indispensible parts of our lives. It probably was not a mistake to set this time as the Soviet time. For me personally these are the years of my childhood, relations that made me a person I am now. Memories keep a lot of things common for us — empty streets, when our team was playing hockey, a state of confusion when we learned about Chernobyl, and personal things — the stupor from seeing winter Tazovskaya tundra, the devastating helplessness when you see someone in front of you who put 20 years of his life into Soviet gas and who lost everything that he made overnight. I think that all this listed and many other things are not an archive, more like the energy for the brain and the heart.»

«Today there are a lot of arguments whether it is worth it to be a patriot of your Motherland if the world is going towards globalization and getting rid of borders?»

«Let's start by saying that we are all different in our mentality, religion and lifestyle. Is it worth it to artificially create some kind of general total that in the future will not be able to exist due to internal contradictions? In fact, we are only seeing the integration in Western Europe now, and on the territory of the former Soview Union, in the Eurasian economic community, but in both cases there is a common cultural space in a certain way. If we deprive a person from being able to feel himself as part of a nation with multi-century history, cultural and moral roots, what is going to be left of him then? Remember the Ancient Greece. A person deprived of his Motherland, sentenced to ostracism (i.e. exile), was considered to be the most unhappy person. The world has to be open, but this is only possible in the community of equal and countries respecting themselves.»

«What is your attitude to the history of our Motherland? What color should it be painted in? Should it be black as Nikolai Svanidze and Leonid Gozman are depicting the history of the USSR with? Or do we still have something that we could be proud of?»

«As far as I know, Svanidze and Gozman only critisize separate episodes of the Soviet history and, by all means, have the right to do that. However, some researchers truly paint the past of our country as white and black only that with time can bring people to feel morally color blind. Each historical fact allows a lot of interpretations, paradoxically able to exist together with each other. However, even in this contradictory 20th century there is something that is very close to the absolute: Gagarin's flight, our victory in World War II, Shostakovich's music, Pasternak's poems, Kapitsa's discoveries — aren't all these things and a lot of others a bad reason for feeling proud? Everyone should learn to respect the past, then the values of the present will also be accessible to us.»

«What is, in your opinion, the historical memory of the people and what is your attitude to the present «Ivans who don't remember their ancestry»?»

«The historical memory is the national identity, the heart of the people, the unfailing source of energy and wisdom of the generations. People, who avoid this, earned a pretty bad name for themselves from the witty people. These people have always existed, and I wouldn't say that there are more of them now that there were before. It is important to be able to at some point in the future for these «Ivans who don't remember their ancestry» not to become the majority of us.»

«What do you see Russia to be like, say, in ten years?»

«The country where ambitions are not putting a separate person in a shadow, where the state is for the people and not the other way around. That Russia that we are trying to achieve for Ugra — the best place to live in.»

«Imagine that you are on stage and there are one and a half million Ugra residents in the audience. What would you tell them in your address on the Day of Russia?»

«Dear Ugra residents! At a time, Nikolai Grigorievich Chernyshevskiy skazal, «A patriot is a person who serves his Motherland, and the Motherland is, first of all, the people». We can have a different attitude to the history of our country, there are one and a half million opinions about its present and future, but Russia is all of us, our parents, children, friends and neighbours, believing in ourselves and those who are near us, remembering about our roots. Let belief, love, wisdom and health not dry out in any of us. We are all together responsible for our Motherland.

http://www.ugrainform.ru/materials/interview/51540/


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