1.10.Question: Mr Putin and many other government officials have started to introduce a national idea of Russian and other indigenous peoples of Russia and as you wrote, this is pre-election publicity.
Answer: Firstly, I have noticed more interesting cases happening. For example, I mention something in one of my speeches and then by some strange circumstance, almost the same words are repeated elsewhere, but only partially. Part of what I’ve said is spoken of, but they are silent about the rest. This because they are very well aware about state into which people of have been driven, especially Russians or the ‘Rus’. Others are also suffering. But now they are specially trying.
I’m often surpised when other small nations who have always lived across the territory of Russia so easily give in to provocations. They have all been specifically provoked to make mischief against Russians. They do any and all sorts of things! For example, if members of a small nationality group kill or beat a Russian, or rape a Russian woman, its just written off as ‘hooliganism’? But if Russian guys intercede to protect the girl, and get the rapist beaten or killed, then this is called ‘national chauvinism’, or ‘nationalism’. Ironic, isn’t? I don’t understand, what’s the difference? If there is a crime, then the same criminal offence should be looked at in the same way under the law. If you say ‘it's hooliganism’, then the same offence committed by the other side should also be classed as ‘hooliganism’. Otherwise we end up with us not given the right to defend our own self-respect and dignity. There is a saying, ‘don’t enter someone else’s house or a ‘different monastery’, expecting to live by one’s own rules’. When I go to another country, I don’t try to say that people there should live according to my rules, even if they seem right to me (and they might actually be right). I might even be able to prove it. Sorry, but it's their country, and it’s their right to live by their own rules.
They can ask for my opinion, I can give it to them, and they can accept it or not. But it’s wrong to demand or force them to live the way I would like. So, here’s a bit of advice to small ethnic communities who live in Russia among the Russians – don’t succumb to the provocations of certain trouble makers in these communities, and who get paid for doing that. These provocateurs are trying to urge you to aggressive behaviours, to insult and humiliate the feelings of Russian people. This won’t lead to anything good in the end.
When individuals from ethnic minorities misbehave, it's classed as a hooliganism and not as a criminal offence. But if something is done in response by Russians, by Slavs, then it’s classified as chauvinism, nationalism or extremism. This is a double, even triple standard. Are there many men left, real men, who are ready to stand up for their self-respect and dignity? There are very few. And in principle, in this respect, I’m glad for their sakes, but I'm bitterly sad for the sake of our children, boys and men.
Because people of the small nations in the Caucasus would simply not let someone who raped their sister or a relative go unpunished. You say that these are barbaric laws!? I agree that there’s no need to kill, but some punishment is necessary. But what is happening in reality? Yes, I have to say that I’m also not overjoyed by the conduct of our own girls. Those, who are ready to do anything at all for the sake of some rouble notes they see when others open up their wallets. I’m not making this up, it’s the truth.
I really do get bitterly sad and distressed when thinking of our girls. Do they really value themselves that way? Do they really think that people will respect them after that? (From the audience) They have been taught that. So then, what is the family for? As for myself, no matter what I’m told by others, I would never do something that goes against my inner consciousness. Do they imagine they want to have a good life? They would like to be well dressed and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the question is, what price do you have to pay for it?
Now I will touch a bit on our current candidates. Prokhorov said that he paid 500 rubles for each signature. Do you remember I talked about it when he was collecting the signatures? But now he has officially declared it, straight from the TV screen, in front of cameras, in front of reporters. And he did it with bravado! Sorry, but after such a statement he should have been thrown out immediately! And vote-buying is a crime, punishable by the law. Yet no one arrested him!
A new article will be published soon about other issues, and it will have something to say about Prokhorov as well which he won’t be happy about. As to the issue about a person paying for votes, what about the people who sell their votes for 500 roubles? Aftewards, such people will still ask “Why do they treat us like that?” What do you expect if people value their voice, their vote at just 500 roubles? Should others put a higher value on them after that? So what are we complaining about after things like this? Why do they treat us that way? Because, Prokhorov found at least two million people, each of whom was willing to be paid 500 roubles for their votes. I understand of course, that this has something to do with people’s indifference. An extra 500 roubles always comes in handy, right!?
But they sold themselves for 500 roubles! For some reason nobody thinks about this aspect, so why are they are surprised then, if others think about them in that way. Of course there will be such an attitude: the price of the man is 500 roubles, so that’s what he’s worth, 500 roubles. If you said that you are selling your name and your vote for 500 roubles, then that is what you are worth, 500 roubles. Or about when Mezentsev was caught when he forged marked ballot papers . Students and pensioners were sitting around and paid about 5,000 roubles for every thousand forged signatures, wasn’t’ that the case? It was something like, with information about it on TV screens, from video recordings, and so on.
Just imagine, a person sitting and forging a thousand signatures to get 5,000 roubles. Doesn’t he understand that he is committing a crime, and that he is therefore a criminal himself. For these 5,000 roubles he sells himself and at the same time, those thousand people who have no clue of what’s happening. Then everyone acts surprised and wonders why do such things happen? I heard and old woman saying, “I’ve had some luck. They gave me a loaf of bread and a kilo of grain. They are a good people, so I will vote for them.” So, a loaf of bread and a kilo of grain! Actually, I think it was buckwheat which really is a good cereal.
But for how long will the grain and bread last that granny? For a couple of days, or for a week? She gives her vote not realizing that she is selling herself for a loaf of bread and a kilo of cereals to those who will steal a thousand times more in value from her pension. And if these thieves didn’t exist, she would receive a pension that would be enough to buy not only a loaf of bread every day, but caviar with it. And then people again wonder why we are in such a poor state? Sorry, but when people behave in such a way it distresses me personally. And I hope that at least those of you sitting here don’t behave like that. Because if you do, you’re putting a price on yourself. A price tag will be hanging on you.
I believe that every human has no price, he is priceless. And he should not sell himself, even if he would die of hunger. If he sells himself, he puts a price tag on himself, 500 roubles, 1,000 roubles, 5,000 roubles, etc. That's why if such things didn’t happen, then we wouldn’t be electing those public officials who steal billions, and take trillions of dollars abroad, not just roubles. And over there, others thrive, and rising up. But in Russia people are just having to tighten their belts and are suffering.
I believe that the reason for such behaviour is the millennial Christianity and the Soviet era. People were sent to the labour camps if they had some oppositional thought in their head, or had only barely expressed their own opinion. OK, let's say, for example, that the most active people were sent to the camp: first one, then another, then ten. But if everyone was doing this, they couldn’t send off all the people. They also need some people left to do all the work for them. So here’s how people think: ‘They got him. and they could get me as well, so I better not to do it otherwise they’ll get me too’. Right, so you are not going to get caught, until this happens to you (makes the gesture of cutting his neck). So don’t complain after that, because you did nothing.
Therefore, I’m not calling for a revolution, because I believe that it is beneficial only to them there (gestures to ‘out there’). But people need to stand up for their rights as citizens, and at least not sell their votes, but act according to their conscience and for justice. I remember seeing in a movie how someone was fired from their job and that person protested. So come on people, why aren’t you? Why is no one supporting me? No one supports. Then they let down someone else, who hadn’t supported either. He calls out, and again no one helps. Why is that? Because everyone is worrying about his own place and thinks, “If I speak out in his defence, then I will be sacked too.” Charming! When people have such an internal slave-like condition, then why should they be surprised that social parasites are feeding on them? Of course the parasites will feed on them, and they will be just like uncomplaining sheep, urged to go on and led to the slaughterhouse. Okay! Enough, otherwise I would just get too carried away by this subject.