This post is an exception. As I stated, the blog is free from political issues, but Russian foreign policy is an important thing for understanding our mentality. Many Russian people used to live (and continue) not for their own happiness, but for greater purposes.
Warning: this post is dark
and full of terrors.
Entire text is my translation of original post http://mi3ch.livejournal.com/2722323.html You may want to see immersive photos there.
It used to be a huge problem for Russia that most of its rulers were bored to take care of their own country. Meanwhile the greatness of the ruler was estimated in thousands of square kilometers of conquered lands and millions of victims. We used to fight for anyone’s interests instead of constructing houses, bridges and roads. Constructing for centuries, not for years.
When Prussia wished to take Silesia from Austria, Russia certainly couldn’t tolerate it and fell into Seven Years’ War. We sent 100 000 Russian soldiers to manage Prussia. We took Berlin. Then appeared a menace to Hannover, a possession of English king in the center of Europe. And 30 000 more afoot soldiers went throughout entire Europe to fight for Hannover.
Have you ever ponder, what for did Suvorov’s bruisers perish in the Alps? What for did we crush the French in Italy? How did Napoleon appear in Russia? Emperor Alexander was desperately jealous of his glory and afraid of bacillus of revolution. However, France was not a threat to Russia.
He participated in 3 alliances against Napoleon and every time was beaten – both at Friedland and Austerlitz. And every time Napoleon made no conditions to Russia, but released caprtives with respect. Alexander solemnly hugged Napoleon, called him his brother and immediately rallied militia for a new war.
We have desolated our country, lost hundreds of thousands soldiers for the sake of maniacal ambitions of Alexander I. But the thing he was frightened most of all was the case of Napoleon entering Russia and canceling slavery. Consequences would be unpredictable.
We always punished foreign revolutions. Russia saved Austria-Hungary from disintegration by suppressing Hungarian revolution. And only 4 years later Francis Joseph refused to support Nicholas I in Crimean War.
But the reason of Crimean War itself was ridiculous: who would own the keys from Church of Jesus Birth in Bethlehem, the Orthodox or the Catholics? And when after a long hesitation the Turks conveyed the keys to the French, Nicholas considered himself insulted and deployed troops in Moldova and Wallachia. We suffered the heavies defeat in Crimea, lost fleet and almost 150 000 soldiers because of Emperor’s insulted feelings.
How much did idea of panslavism cost for Russia? Patriarch Nikon decided to unify Church ceremonies alike Greek to stay closer to the South Slavs and take them under the wing of Orthodox Church. Tzar Alexei I liked the idea of spreading Orthodox tzar’s authority “from sea to sea and from rivers to the end of universe”. In result we had dissidence, distemper and thousands of burnt dissidents over Russia. According to Senate, even in Peter I times more than 900 thousands were in hiding, it’s almost 10% of country’s population.
We lost dozens of thousands of our soldiers for freedom and independence of Bulgaria. During the WWI Bulgaria was an ally of Germany, during the WWII Bulgaria was an ally of Germany. Today Bulgaria is a member of NATO.
After the revolution it went much worse. We used to support communist parties in all countries of the world. We used to fund revolutions abroad and cruelly punish revolutionists inside of the socialist camp. In 1953 our tank forces suppressed rebellion in GDR; in 1956 – in Hungary. Marshal Zhukov got the 4th star of Hero of the Soviet Union for “suppressing Hungarian anti-revolutionary rebellion”. Indeed, our media called people rebellions “fascist sorties”.
In 1968 our tanks entered Czechoslovakia. In 1979 – Afghanistan. We lost 15 000 soldiers there and killed about million Afghans. Our media reasoned it: if we didn’t do it, then both CSSR and Afghanistan would be invaded by Americans.
Our soldiers used to fight in Korea, China, Bangladesh, Laos, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Bolivia, Grenada and Cuba. We supported any cannibal claiming he builds communism. On the 28th (the last) forum of Communist party the declared cost of our aid was 700 billion rubles over 20 years. 35 billions a year. Back then the official exchange course was 1 dollar for 0.63 ruble.
We used to suck all juice from our country. Do you know when all soviet peasants got passports? In 1974. Until then they were avoided to be employed in a city.
What was an average peasant’s pension in 1980? Do you know? 34.80 rubles per month.
Communism was promised to be built in this year.
Our president again says Russia won’t tolerate something and will force others to respect it.
Perhaps, it’s enough to play geopolitics?
Perhaps, it’s time to engage in own country?
Engage in boring and uninteresting job: services, roads, constructing, taxes, creating a good climate in the country.
Our county will be respected when we’ll have the best education and healthcare in the world; when scientists from all over the world will aspire to work in Russia and our senior citizens will have the largest pensions in the world.