Archive for July 28, 2007
Edward Lucas published an article about Stalin’s rehabilitation in Russia and a camp for a recent Nashi or Putinjungend summer camp near Moscow.
Nashi has a Baltic connection. The term Nashi was coined by Nevzorov, the anchor of the Russian TV program 600 Seconds. In January 1991 Nevzorov produced a documentary and a controversial series of TV reports from Vilnius titled Ours (Nashi), about the actions of the Soviet spetsnaz during the January Events, when the Soviet military forces attempted to crush the declared independence of the Lithuania, in which Nevzorov was markedly sympathetic to Soviet actions. As a freelance journalist Jules Evans wrote, reporting from the Soviet Union:
“the journalist Aleksander Nevzorov appeared on TV, standing in front of the demonstrators in Lithuania holding a Kalashnikov. To the music of Richard Wagner (a German), Nevzorov declared the birth of a new Idea – ‘Nashi’. “Nashi is a circle of people – let it be enormous, colossal, multimillions – to whom one is related by common language, blood, and motherland.”
That is about Nashi. Lucas is also writes about the De – Stalinisation of the Russian history. The most striking aspect of distortion of Russia’s history is that this is happening not in the completely totalitarian state or in a ’sovereign democracy’ which is still rather soft, even though it is getting tougher. All of it is taking place in the state where there are plenty of alternative sources of information, at least for now.
The Russians are returning to the distorted history more or less on their own accord and will. During the Soviet days there was no alternative, no Internet, everything was under a strict control. People were forced to believe in great a Stalin who made one or two mistakes.
The Russian academics don’t protest, the elites are happy. Even the only Russia’s hope, rising middle class, is accepting all of these lies.
In 2001 in my last Russian history class at the University of Edinburgh our tutor, who was teaching the Russian History all his academic life, announced that we are his last class. He would not teach anything about Russia because he was extremely disappointed in developments in Russia. That was 2001 and the great historian already saw the direction Russia was taken. Maybe the policymakers should more listen to the historians. By understanding history you see the future clearer.
The game took place in a new Šiauliai city sports arena, which was open only few day ago. The Swedes managed to get into front from the first minutes and won the game 62:69 (18:22, 14:15, 18:19, 12:12).
Basketball is a second religion in Lithuania. The national team is getting ready for the European Championship. This is a major blow to a new coach of the national team.
I spoke with two Swedish tourists in Vilnius, who happen to be in a bar where the game was on. After admitting that that they didn’t know much about basketball they said that they were surprised to learn that Sweden had a national team at all….
Just imagine if Lithuania would beat the national Swedish Ice Hockey team… Congratulations Sweden, for those of you who are interested in basketball!