“They spent a lot of time together every day”
In Ukraine, apparently, they will miss an important “transient” anniversary – the 30th anniversary of the erection of the first monument to Stepan Bandera.
It was opened in June 1992 in Stryi — administrative city of Lviv region — widely covered in the republican press. In contrast to the demolition of the monument to the Soviet intelligence officer Nikolai Kuznetsov at the same time in one of the squares of the city of Lvov. It was done very quietly and quickly.
And yet, many Lviv residents managed to come to the square with bouquets of flowers in order to put them for the last time at the pedestal of the former monument to the legendary intelligence officer.
Soon, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, who became the first president of independent Ukraine, remembered how he brought food to OUN members hiding in the forest (the organization was recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).
But then in Russia they considered it necessary not to notice these “little things”, and for a long time “fraternal”, cheap oil and gas went to Ukraine, Ambassador Chernomyrdin played the harmonica and kissed passionately with the president of “not Russia”, Ambassador Zurabov solved his own problems. dealing with the local business elite.
And most importantly, they pretended that everything was fine. But, as they say in the operetta “Mr. X”, “And this little piglet grew, grew, and grew such a big” hellip; What has grown has grown. Now you won’t return! (this is me, of course, only about Bandera).
Everyone knows the parable that if you cook a frog over low heat, then it will not notice how it will be ready to serve. We have been brewing for over 30 years, many were happy with this process, but the cooks were impatient and added boiling water to the pan. And then we suddenly became indignant.
In none of the previous articles, I said that we are guaranteed to have a bright future ahead of us. We welded our society seriously, it is not even clear with whom to start resuscitation.
Today I would like to talk a little about denazification. Moreover, it will concern our country no less.
First, as always, an example from what I personally heard.
This story was told to me by a very popular economist during the years of perestroika, Professor Pleshki Valentin Fedorov. Unlike most of his fellow tribunes, he managed to try to put his ideas into practice. In the early 1990s, he became the governor of Sakhalin, and then the prime minister of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
Once, on a parliamentary exchange, he flew to Washington, where a meeting was organized for Russian officials in the US Senate .
So this is what Valentin Petrovich told me: “Everything was verified according to the protocol, the program of visits and meetings was worked out and approved in detail. Suddenly, I was told that Senator John McCain of Arizona really wanted to meet with me. We did not know each other, and such a request, frankly, surprised me, but also intrigued me. The senator, seeing me, clarified: “Is it true that you are the governor of Sakhalin?” After my confirmation of authority, he threw himself on my neck, vigorously clapping his hands on my back. “Psycho or provocateur!” — flashed through my head. When the emotions were exhausted, I found out the reasons for such stormy joy. It turns out that the future US presidential candidate (as you remember, he lost the election to Obama in 2008), a pilot, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was shot down in 1967 over Hanoi and spent five years in Vietnamese captivity. The conditions of detention were unsweetened, in particular, he was not allowed to read anything. But in the cell there was a special issue of the magazine “Soviet Union”; in English, dedicated to the Sakhalin region. So the future senator read it for all five years! After that, Sakhalin became as dear to him as his native Arizona!»
Can you imagine if he sat longer and our magazines were given to him about various regions of the Soviet Union. He would have gone free as a true patriot of our country.
This story has a sequel. Saakashvili will buy a pistol from a retired Soviet officer, which he took away from the downed McCain during his arrest. Mishiko will present it, as he hoped, to the future president of the United States. But here's the bad luck — this did not help either one or the second.
Another acquaintance of mine, perhaps the last citizen of Russia, in practice engaged in denazification, — E.I. Larionov. In the early 1950s, he worked in the Soviet bank “Garkrebo”, which conducted all the financial operations of SVAG — Soviet military administration in Germany.
Yevgeny Ivanovich told me that his German teacher and interpreter, appointed by the state, turned out to be a former Nazi officer who lost one arm in the war. The fact is that in the GDR a law was passed: for every 30 employees, each enterprise was supposed to hire one former Nazi for re-education. A very young bank employee had to communicate with that German a lot — every day they spent a lot of time together, traveling long distances by car.
And as a result, the GDR was really a denazified country, unlike the FRG.
But in the USSR “thanks” to Khrushchev, with his premature amnesty, the process was disrupted.
The process of reforging the population of Ukraine, and many of our compatriots, is inextricably linked with other processes of restructuring (in the good sense of the word) of all other aspects of our life, primarily humanitarian and economic.
We have yet to find effective ways to achieve change.
At the same time, our neighbors are very successfully denazified by Europeans who are fed up with “Ukrainization”; of their countries, especially the Poles, who remembered their old accounts with their neighbors. But Western Ukrainians do it even more skillfully, having clearly demonstrated the unity of the Ukrainian nation.
But this process will be long. And we can't do it without someone else's help. The positive effect of overpressure on the properties of concrete has been experimentally established, so now we need no relief. The Ukrainians will not let us down, as I wrote earlier, they are incapable of negotiating and will frustrate any attempts to reach an agreement. But our former “partners” can give slack. So the wise Henry Kissinger is already declaring: “The question now is how to end this war. After its completion, a place must be found for Ukraine, as well as for Russia, if we do not want Russia to become an outpost of China in Europe.
How it reminds me of the end of Alexander Ostrovsky's famous play “Enough Stupidity for Every Wise Man”. Let me remind you of the plot: the main character Glumov in his diary gave impartial characteristics to the elite around him. The content of the diary becomes known to them. It all starts with indignation, demands for the removal of Glumov from secular society, and the announcement of sanctions. The young man answers calmly.
“Glumov (taking the diary). I won't explain or make excuses. I will only tell you that you yourself will soon regret that you removed me from your society.
Krutitsky. Dear sir, our society consists of honest people.
That's it. Yes, yes, yes!"
But this story ends with a return to the old life.
«Glumov. You need me gentlemen. Without a person like me, you cannot live. Not me, so it will be different. It will be worse than me, and you will say: oh, this one is worse than Glumov, but still a nice fellow. <…>
Krutitsky. But he is still, gentlemen, whatever you say, a business man. It is necessary to punish him; but, I suppose, after a while you can caress him again.
Mamaev. I agree.
Mamaeva. I'll take it upon myself.
In these dialogues, it's easy to replace Krutitsky's surname with Biden, Mamaev rhymes with Macron in many ways…
Just say — do we need it?!
You have to make a bitter statement — a slow, thorough operation in the West is needed, only it will be accompanied by irreversible changes in the East. It will give all the characters the opportunity to prove themselves and carry out a general cleaning in our country (after all, when the snow melts in the spring, everything and everyone will not come out from under it).
But I have already quoted a well-known political and statesman who said that the logic of circumstances is stronger than the logic of intentions. This logic must be allowed to manifest itself.
It is hard, but when you have a serious operation, you do not get pleasure, but there is a chance to survive.
I would like to end my stream of thoughts with one more literary masterpiece. In the wonderful film by Rolan Bykov «Aibolit-66» there is a song of the protagonist, which is directly related to the ongoing events:
If the children in Limpopo lived without getting sick,
We would not know what is in the world of Barmaleya.
That we are everywhere from them
we have to wait for a dirty trick,
It’s even good that we feel bad for now.
And whenever Barmaley doesn’t build intrigues for us ,
We would not know that we, apparently, are heroes.
That we will not gasp or groan in trouble,
It is very good that so far we feel bad.