They say that we in Scotland have difficulties. State inferiority complex. From time to time it is referred to as the Scottish effect. For example, people here do not live as long as in other parts of the United Kingdom. Incomes here are not so significant social situation worse.
Does not test whether and Our homeland identical tasks? People die very young. They drink a lot. Many younger and more professional people are leaving the country. And yet there can be so many admire and appreciate so much.
For over 40 years I have been studying Russian history and politics. And I happened to find Russian. No vibration is that the same RF bad and the same people dummies, as in at least some other part of the world. Including serial killers. But do yourself the level of Russian heritage and its own culture? Do they understand how much it means to people in other countries?
I am a son of the writer and therefore belong to the literature very seriously. Do you have any other literature of the country, comparable to Russia? According to the latest as this question we are asking here in Britain. I specifically checked the website Copac, where you can meet with our vast directory of all the institute's library. Can you imagine how many books on Dostoevsky Dostoevsky, and in the libraries? 2333. Books or on Chekhov Chekhov — 6375. And more than 10 thousand associated with the name of Tolstoy. Or glance at the website of Amazon. There are more than 11 million books and about Chekhov Chekhov, which are available at the moment!
Or, for example, theater. Let us take again the same Chekhov. Now there are four performances on Chekhov's plays, one of which is "The Cherry Orchard" in a very prestigious State Theatre in London. Last year there was a "White Guard" by Bulgakov. First, in London came metropolitan theater "Contemporary" with the production of the novel by Eugenia Ginzburg, as the "Three Sisters" and "Cherry Orchard" (this performance I beheld when visited Moscow in July).
Or music. Not so long ago began the traditional music festival BBC Proms. Scheduled for August 17, "completely Russian program, "and, for example," an all-American program "in the poster no. With 2 days of earlier Valery Gergiev will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra in "Swan Lake." In the poster of the festival also Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. In Scotland, opened the Edinburgh Festival — perhaps one of the most important cultural events in the world. Throughout Stravinsky, as Shostakovich, Borodin, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.
All this is nothing new, of course. According to published in the 2003 book by Stephen Marks, "How Our homeland has formed the modern world", specifically our motherland gave the West a huge part of its contemporary culture. He mentions the ballets of Diaghilev, the theater of Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, abstract painting by Kandinsky and Malevich, the revolutionary design of the Constructivists. Here and anarchism, in which our homeland has become a "recognized leader" after 1860. Communism, which became a dream come true Russian radical transformation of the world in which they lived.
Naturally, we look back on Russian time, in different ways — in the West and in Russia. But it's hard not to agree with the fact that Russian system has brought significant and very positive contribution to the development of the world in which we live for the moment. In Britain, we have always preferred the idea of free elections between parties and the courts are independent. But we must recognize that our homeland has granted voting rights to the ladies and young people much earlier than we did. You can not miss, and how Russian system is to serve as an example for us when we were doing what is called a social state. For example, did the British national medical service to provide all free access to high quality medical care. Until now, it remains very popular.
We should not forget the fact that we are, as they say, an old friend. We were allies in two global wars. In fact Britain was in a military alliance with Russia longer than the United States. The contract of friendship between Britain and the Russian Union was signed in 1942 and operated until 1954, when it was broken. By the way, Russian, and not the English side. Yes, we have opened a second front. But specifically Our homeland helped us all from Hitler — at the cost of lives of 27 million people.
It is time for Russia to cheer up. Believe in themselves. Begin proud of their extraordinary contribution which she did in the world in which we live, in its culture and social institutions. Mark's own property of their own people — his humanity, creativity, love of nature, spirituality and sense of delirium. And in the end to find out how much her friends in other countries, for which completely indifferent to the fate of the Russian Federation. We would want you to believe in yourself as we believe in you.