Twenty-one - hundredThe unequal battle Russian cultural figures from Western intellectuals
According to the materials: www.7days.ru
April 4, 2000
Almost forgotten tradition robin returned yesterday in the form treatment 21 figure of Russian science and culture . This appeal - response to the letter 200 European culture ( "The horror is haunting Europe"), published in "Le Monde" French newspaper. The letter condemned the attitude of European governments, not finding funds for a hard impact on the Russian leadership, leading the war in Chechnya. Symmetrical Russian response came in the opening day of the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Although it was written in a not yet forgotten the party-propaganda style, different from the treatment of Soviet counterparts that his ultimate goal was to attempt to keep Russia in the family of European countries.
The appeal stated, inter alia, that "the anti-Russian campaign, and joined leaders of Western culture," and that Russian citizens clearly expressed their will, giving the election 52% of the vote for Putin. At a press conference in RIA "News" referring presented four signers: film director Nikita Mikhalkov, musician Nikolai Petrov, vice-president of Russian Academy of Sciences Nikolai Laverov and singer Alexander Gradsky. Old regime rhetoric appeals to the greatest extent consistent with Nikita Mikhalkov, saying that the letter to the "Le Monde" - the next step in the geopolitical West onset of global economic interests and, apparently confident that Gunter Grass or Bernardo Bertolucci does not sleep fate Caspian oil.
Academician Laverov, in his own troubled relationship with the West, especially for the "Today" said that most concerned about the fate of his projects funded by European organizations. In particular, worth 4 million ecu program for the disposal of 180 nuclear submarines in the Northern Fleet and nuclear waste with their reactors.
"Typically, inspired by a letter in the best Soviet tradition" - as rated by a letter in the French newspaper Nikolay Petrov. Others were not as sharp. Gradsky, admitted that the letters in "Le Monde" did not read, said that all Russian signatories certainly sympathize with the suffering civilian population of Chechnya and even offered "himself a month to withdraw from the PACE to be able to shoot that Colonel *, that he killed the girl."
At the request of the "Today" comments given culture, have not signed the appeal. Artem Troitsky said that in the company of Mikhalkov and Gradsky to do nothing. "I - one of the leaders of Russian culture, who has always been against the war or murder you solve a problem or other, smarter ways.". Writer Anatoly Pristavkin told "Today" that he strongly opposed the war in Chechnya. "Suffer and peaceful people, and our soldiers, and the prestige of Russia. Began a guerrilla war in which there is no victory. As for the exclusion of Russia from the Council of Europe, I am against, because the practice of work in the Board of Pardons under the President shows that our membership has a positive effect on the human rights situation. "
In the end, we agreed and signatories, and those who did not sign the appeal. Even Mikhalkov said at a press conference: "Yes, it is time to end the war."