What does it mean for me to be Russian?

My answers to a questionnaire posted on the web by a Russian site.


In Internet jargon, a "special Olympics" is a public discussion of a problem that does not have a clear explanation at the moment. Explanations, which would suit most of the disputants. Therefore, the outcome of such olympiads is "a little predictable" - a cruel senseless cursing, during which, participants forgetting about the purpose of the party, send each other in different directions with the help of obscene vocabulary. And sometimes, even inviting each other to the meetings “in real life" and continue to discuss there with their feasts and feet. Since the special Olympics were opened on a well-known ultra-liberal resource, its tasks lay on the surface. With mocking smiles, having arranged an ugly scandal, once again show insignificance, euphemism and artificiality of such a thing as "Russian", once again, proving that we do not exist. But, the time for those Olympics was chosen unsuccessfully - the "Russian spring", oozing with blood, smoothly flowed into the bloody "Russian summer". The Russian world entered the next stage of ethno-genesis, the veils flew off, the lame eyes got clear and most of the Jesuit answers got questions. (foreword from the colonist of the site "Law of Time" (Chelyabinsk).

1. Why do you consider yourself Russian? By the purity of blood, by language, something else?

As Russian I really realized myself in emigration. Everything is possible to understand in comparison, therefore, being in the very center of Western civilization, from the first days I realized that I would never want to merge completely with it. Here lies the alienation that I felt in myself, and it sharpened the Russianness in me. I have fallen in love again with the Russian language, our cinema, our tea parties, our birches trees and forests. By nationality, I am Bashkir, but with civilization I belong to Russia.


2. Do you enjoy the fact that you are Russian?

 Yes, I like to introduce myself as a Russian in the company of Americans, today it is a challenge, but I like challenges of this kind. Once in the restaurant on New Year's Eve the musicians asked me where I am from. I suddenly loudly and with pride declared: I am from Russia! I was immediately surrounded by people sitting at tables and they began to tell me how they love Russia. It was an unforgettable moment of my life!


3. What's good about Russians? What are the positive and unique features of the national character?

I like the fatalism of Russians in attitude to life. Believing in justice as the highest value, we are sure that God is just, and this gives us the strength to go further. We do not accept conscience as painful and unnecessary organ, but as immunity from the choice of Evil in our decisions.


4. How does the Russian landscape look like? Are you going to patriotic delight in kissing Kamchatka sand? A wet Taimyr tundra? Where are the boundaries of the native? Kunashir, Shikotan - native land?

For me, the Russian landscape is a road stretching to the horizon between endless wheat fields. By birth in me there is a blood of nomads, so the road and the infinity of the expanses of the Russian land is that adrenaline in the blood that turns me into a traveler who is always on the road.


5. What is our historical tragedy?

The tragedy of Russian civilization is that we are able to get carried away with ideas without checking carefully, what is their deep meaning. So it was with tolerance, so it was with the ideas of liberalism. "There are no prophets in our Homeland ..." is a bitter conclusion from those tragic mistakes. But it pleases that these prophets left messages in their books and in the minds of those who were able to understand their prophecies.


6. When was our Golden Age?

The fact is that Russia has always looked for ways to happiness for all mankind, therefore the Golden Age on the horizon is not yet visible.

7. Who is our main national hero? Osljabya? Pozharsky? Suvorov? Zhukov?

"Our main national hero is an Unknown soldier who lies near the Kremlin wall. An avatar or a symbol of all who gave their lives for our country. "- I read this answer from the columnist of the site" The Law of Time "and I think it's impossible to say better.


8. Who is our main prophet?

Fedor Dostoevsky. Having said: "The Russian is a man of the World," he as genius predicted that in the future Russia would become the hope of the World and the protection of the Peace.


9. What is our national lullaby?

Any song that Russian moms sing to their babies can be called national, because it will be passed on from generation to generation.


10. What is our national dance? Irish people dance jig, Caucasians - lezginka, Jews - freylehs, and we what?

Each of 160 nationalities and 300 small nationalities inhabiting Russia has its main dance. But if we consider dance as an art, then Russian ballet is the national dance. When you look at the Mariinsky Ballet, you understand who the Russians are-all the ability to passionately love and passionately hate, devote oneself to dancing, striving for excellence and free Spirit - all this can be seen on stage.


11. What is our national game?

Hockey. Absolute fearlessness, the ability to create a cohesive team and serve the team, savvy as a manifestation of rapid intelligence. Therefore, without the Russians, the best teams in the world can only exist in diminished form.


12. What are our national clothes? How would you dress for a party in the "Russian style"?

A distinctive feature of Russian national clothes (be it Slavic, Bashkir, Tatar, Chechen) is the woman's chastity. Therefore, the dress - reaching the floor, covered head, harnessed under the head of the braid. Chest decorations do not allow any decollate, but create a much more attractive look …


13. What is our national dish?

When I miss Russian food, I cook dumplings. Or sandwiches with caviar. And for me, this is my national dish.


14. What kind of death is considered worthy?

For the homeland, for beliefs, for freedom.


15. Which nations are fraternal to us?


All those peoples with whom we share a common history and they respect and honor this community.