Culture of Ukraine

Russian actor Mikhail Yefremov: Why don’t you like Rus so much?  ~~“Mikhail, why don’t you like Rus so much?”

The question presumes that I will immediately start making excuses, trying to prove that I do love it. And of course it is presumed that you love Rus for sure.

This conversation is too serious. And senseless to some extent. The team of the German submarine that sunk Northern convoys loved their Fatherland, Germany. And the cheka member that killed the Tsar’s children loved Rus and did it in Russia’s interests.

I can tell you what I DON’T LIKE in this world.

I DON’T LIKE hypocrisy. I don’t like lies, audacity. I don’t like when someone strong picks on the weaker one. I don’t like when people kill each other. I don’t like when they don’t have their own opinion. I don’t like when the people’s mouths are being shut, even those I don’t like.

I WANT my Motherland to be respected. Respected for new technologies, for modern factories, for beautiful and clean cities, quality and inexpensive goods. For our beautiful women, for hard-working and kind men. I want for other countries to dream of joining us not out of desperation, and not because our pensions are higher, but because our society is fairer and because it is easier to breathe. For people to come here not to have fun with underage prostitutes, but to receive treatment from sicknesses that nobody other than our doctors can cure.

I DON’T WANT Russia to be feared and hated. I don’t want Russians to be perceived outside the country as an aggressive and audacious people that doesn’t know how to behave. For the entire world to think of my country as an aggressor. I don’t want us to take first place in corruption levels and child morality. I don’t want for my people to be turned into a uniform crowd by way of massive propaganda.

And I DON’T “ENJOY” our problems. I AM LAUGHING. I am laughing at those people in the Russian nation because of which Russia is not becoming what I WANT it to be, but what I DON’T WANT it to be.

Mikhail Yefremov

Source: UAInfo

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

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