You say that evil is being opposed not by good, but by who knows what. Theoretically, what might this good look like and where could these forces of good be recruited from?
In a situation where there is the nightmarish, fascist, totalitarian DPRK of the Kim dynasty and next to it there is a state populated by the same people that adheres to different values, there is a choice after all. I could dream, of course, that besides the Russian Federation there would be another Russian state, even in Antarctica, but, unfortunately, there is none.
And, unfortunately, those Russian people who are trying to get a foothold, having realized that the Russian Federation cannot be their fatherland, in most cases literally find themselves in the tragic situation of Soviet and Russian collaborators during World War II, when, hating the Bolsheviks, they suddenly find themselves in the SS Galicia Division
, like that Canadian grandpa
, for example. It is sad.Still, it is not the Galicia Division for us, fortunately.
Of course not, but, frankly speaking, Putin’s Russia even today is not Stalin’s Soviet Union.
And let’s not forget that there are social networks, YouTube and Telegram channels that basically everyone can use. So, there is a real shot to not depend either on Roskomnadzor
or Westerners with their own interests, like, say, the Latvian regulator that crushed Dozhd
. Russia in this sense, I think, is seeing a paradoxical situation in which outcasts who sit on WordPress
and blogs, due to their experience, skills and values, are actually more savvy than the mainstream.You were simultaneously named a “foreign agent” in Russia and put on Ukraine’s sanctions list. What upset you more?
Any sanctions list creates difficulties, albeit minor ones against the backdrop of the ongoing tragedy. When bailiffs come to my parents’ home, to the place of my Russian registration, to collect another fine for not using a foreign agent warning, it’s unpleasant on a human level. So, I do not share the popular pathos of “it [being a foreign agent] is an honorary title.” It is bad, it is disgusting.
When communicating with Ukrainian officials, I say: “c’mon, there is a set of the nastiest Russians, am I one of the worst?” They say: “you were in Crimea, you covered the referendum...” I did not cover the referendum! I flew in and flew out according to Ukrainian law through Kyiv when there had not been a referendum yet. What is the issue? I said that my generation dreamed of Crimea – for this thoughtcrime?Are you not afraid that Great Britain will also start making lists? Do you have a plan B?
First of all, I believe in Great Britain. It is a great country. There have already been episodes when some activists went to the British authorities, reporting that this evil Putinist Kashin lives here. But, thank God, there is a tradition here that denunciations by Russians against Russians are not accepted. Secondly, one of the partners for my regular YouTubebroadcasts, the famous politician Mikhail Svetov, lives in Brazil, and looking at him, I know that there is somewhere to go.