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Marietta Chudakova as a mirror of the Soviet intelligentsia

November 27 2007

In mid-October, "Rossiyskaya Gazeta published a so-called" four letter "in which" on behalf of 65,000 workers of culture "has sounded an appeal to Putin to stay for a third term. It seems that the names of signatories treatment, among which were Nikita Mikhalkov and Zurab Tsereteli, and the extent of the application have played with the authors of a bad joke. Such applications received before, but only "four letter" provoked violent indignation intellectuals. This wave and decided to ride the party "Union of Right Forces.

In fact, the treatment Mikhalkov and Tsereteli can hardly be considered truly out of the ordinary event. Letters to Putin wrote in the past, requests to stay for a third term filled the cultural, civic associations and senior officials of the country. Another question that the attitude of most intellectuals of Russia to the signatories, to put it mildly, not one. And the intelligentsia could not stand.

Angry treatment requirements "to speak for himself, not for all" rained down from the artists, writers and critics. Collectivism does not peculiar to intellectual circles, what happened - usually, in general, for this environment "disassembly." In retrospect, it is easy to see that similar scandals have occurred in the USSR with enviable regularity: not one hundred lines of bile has been written about the treatment of "On behalf of all the Soviet writers ..."

All would be nothing if not an election. The role of the spokesman of the views of the entire Russian intelligentsia took over the Union of Right Forces. " On a wave of indignation party activists showered gifts upon Mikhalkov's portrait of Putin, and the third issue of the federal electoral roll Marietta Chudakova published his open letter.

It's also a good Soviet tradition - one collective letter to respond to other collective letter. At the same time shouting about his personality.

"Nikita Mikhalkov, Zurab Tsereteli and the other one did not give the right to represent the entire community of artists" - writes Marietta Chudakova. Under this treatment on the ATP website at the moment already collected over 700 signatures. So far, despite the fact that the letter was made public with the offer to join him, until refuted 65000 clearly falls short.

But among the signatories are found interesting characters, for example, by raising the monograph "Zionism and Apartheid" Valery Skurlatov, got not so long ago, the list of 100 Russian neo-fascists. " His way, does not bother the neighborhood in the list of signers with many now the Israeli or American or German intellectuals - from Haifa, Santa Cruz, Munich, etc.

"Of course, it was full of Jews have signed, and Caucasians are, and Russian. As I have this attitude? Naturally, positively, because we all live in Russia ", - he said.

However, it could embarrass anyone, just not a real democracy of the ATP. Same Marietta Chudakova, intellectual, literary critic, an expert on Bulgakov became famous in 1993, coauthored by another collective letter: "... the Nazis took up arms in an attempt to seize power. Thank God, the army and the police were with the people, not split ... These stupid bastards respect only force. So is not it time for her to show our young, but already, as we once again with joyful surprise, it suffices to consolidated democracies? ".

For the sake of democracy, of course, all means are good figures of ATP does not forget about it. Possible and the House of Soviets of the tanks to shoot, and the figures of culture care. All right, it's pluralism. Another good word from the "favorite ninetieth.

Anton Ponomarev


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