Интервью на английском
*Американский режиссёр-документалист Regis Tremblay во время его недавнего 9-дневного пребывания в Москве пожелал записать «на камеру» несколько моих ответов на его вопросы, несмотря на мои огромнейшие трудности с разговорным английским и вынужденную медлительность речи...
Однако г-н Тремблэй всё же выложил почти всю сделанную им запись в своём блоге и даже предварил её таким примечанием для своих подписчиков (перевожу для тех, кто читает эту мою запись по-русски и не знает английского вовсе):
«...Пожалуйста, будьте терпеливы и прослушайте всё интервью (18:55) целиком. Английский Антона весьма неплох, хоть даже и запинающийся. То, о чём он говорит, должно быть очень интересным для всех, кто хочет больше понять о России. [...]»
Эта заметка Реджиса Тремблэя и видеоролик выложены по адресу: registremblay.com , а вот адрес его блога: registremblay.com
Чтобы уменьшить мои запинки с речью, я взял у Реджиса список намеченных им вопросов и подготовил свой письменный конспект ответов заранее, которого в основном и старался придерживаться, но в фактически записанном ролике кое-что добавилось «экспромтом», а концовку Реджис потом решил отсечь, поскольку всё вместе получилось довольно длинно (почти 19 минут даже после сокращения). Но я выложу следом свой именно исходный конспект, поскольку он тоже представляет собой вполне целостный вариант интервью.
(Поскольку весь конспект целиком здесь не помещается по техническим ограничениям сайта, я разобью его на 3 части и присоединю сюда в виде «комментариев». Так что смотрите «ответы» на эту заметку.)
@Antonische, Answers for Regis Tremblay, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, October 20, 2016.
> What are your thoughts about President Putin?
Putin is different depending on interests of which people to represent. He is very good for rich businessmen and bad for working people.
But the same can be said about many other presidents or prime-ministers of any country. Moreover, most of them often behave wrong in foreign affairs, hence Putin looks better than others since he prefers to find and make efficient peaceful steps whereas others can use weapons.
That's why Putin is a really strong figure on Russian political chessboard.
> Explain briefly what it was like during the Soviet Era.
I was born and trained in the USSR and had begun to work before Gorbachev came. I enjoyed with the life then, since it was well based upon common and free both education and medical assistance and it was filled with culture. Although I have graduated from a technical institute and English was never an object of my job, yet I can read in English and communicate with you. I often attended concertos of classic music, dramatic theater and opera performances and so on since all that was cheap and easy to get.
When I studied, I payed just 1 that old Soviet ruble (i.e. about $1) per a month for the student hostel where I lived in. I got student salary which was enough for me to travel with my friends through Ukraine, Leningrad Region, Karelian Republic... I also studied to play piano for free.
There also were many sport clubs, stadiums and sections for free as well.
Now, at the contrary, all these are very expensive and hence not all of the people can use it.
@Antonische, > Explain how Russia has become a Capitalist country.
The overturn resulted from the discontent of those people who wanted to gyp and thieve but faced with that the Soviet law left very few opportunities for that so called 'business'.
That's why they started a wide and raw propagandistic campaign in the former USSR to lie about Soviet conditions and to tell some fairy tails about 'good' capitalism. To prove their claims they began to hide goods, to disorganize production and control, to spoil whatever they could deal with, but claimed that all our disasters are 'immanent consequences' of Soviet system.
Unfortunately many Russian humans believed in this fake and thus the Soviet power decreased. Then a set of palace coups followed and at last Eltsin came to power by means of an armed coup in 1993. Under his order some army division entered into Moscow and fired at the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation from their tank artillery. Many defenders of the Supreme Council were killed then. Hence Eltsin proved to be a new dictator of Russia and proclaimed as many new 'laws' and as suitable for him, as he wanted, including a new so called 'Constitution' of RF, according to which he could be 'elected' as a President, despite of that less than 30% of Russian citizens participated in those 'elections'.
Note that Putin was one of Eltsin's close assistants then and later was NOT initially elected, but appointed by Eltsin as 'the next to be Russian President after him'. Thus both Eltsin and Putin explicitly violated all the new rules that they established as a 'Constitution of RF', since this version of Constitution only requires elections but not any appointment of a President.
> Are you concerned about war with America? A nuclear war?
Yes, I clearly understand the danger of such a conflict. But I hope we can keep from it in peace. And I'm sure that the main danger does not result from Russia nor from America at the whole, but just from that highest American circles of persons which converted producing of weapons and even war in general to a kind of their own 'business' and getting private profit for themselves despite of its incompatibility with the national interests of all American people.
I hope that the majority of Americans will not allow those military weapon sellers to start the deathful war.
As for Russians, we know and remember both the atrocity of wars (after WWI and WWII) and terrible results from radiation (after Chernobyl explosion), and that's why we do not want any war in general nor a nuclear war in particular.
Note, that Americans never faced themselves with such tremendous disasters as Russians felt by ourselves. Remember, about 10% of all the former population of the Soviet Union was lost at WWII, whereas American losses were incompatibly less. Hence we have no reason to wish a new war.
@Antonische, > Is it true that President Putin ordered 40 million Russians to prepare for war in underground bomb shelters?
I haven't received such an order neither from Putin nor from anybody else and I regard that unknown person who initiated such a absurd fake is surely a very fullish person.
> What do Russian people think about the conflict in Syria?
It is American leaders who are guilty in it. It is internal and private right of Syrian people to decide which president to have and how to live in their country. Yet some Americans claim the current Syrian president to be 'bad' and demands to substitute him with another one. The only reason to rise the question is that those Americans do not like a particular person, although they do not need to deal with him at all. Yet they give money and weapons to some terror groups making them to rebel and fight against their native Syrian people.
Thus the war in Syria is the crime of American interference.
> What do Russian people think about the coup in Ukraine? Do they believe America was behind it?
Yes, we are sure that present 'Maidan leaders' of Ukraine are just American employees and marionettes.
> American people think that gay and lesbian people are arrested in Russia. Is that true?
No, it's a nonsense.
> What do you think about the American elections? Clinton and Trump.
We have enough own problems and hence have few reason to be concerned about yours.
In any case we want to keep friendship, trade exchange, scientific and cultural contacts with all of American people rather than with a particular president, whoever he or she is.