As reported on the newsru.com web site State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, who is also chairman of the Russian Historical Society, has written an appeal to coincide with Unity Day celebrated on 4 November 2012, in which he calls on children to study history more deeply, above all to be wary of foreign intervention, as salvation is contingent on using one’s own resources. The appeal was posted on the web site of the State Duma.
Naryshkin calls on children to remember the Time of Troubles, which was a time of uncertainty in Russian history lasting from 1598 and the death of the last Russian Tsar of the Rurik Dynasty, Fyodor Ivanovich until 1613 when the Romanov Dynasty came to power. During this period Russia suffered a terrible famine leading to the loss of one-third of the Russian population. The period was marked by warring with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, civil riots, the appearance of numerous impostors and general chaos.
In his appeal Naryshkin attempts to clarify the reasons for this time of uncertainty and chaos, stating: “The State became weak, while political and social conflicts grew. Impostors appeared and Russian lands were seized. Whole areas of the country were depopulated. Nobody felt safe.” He adds that some people “acted on the principle of every man for himself”, while others sought salvation from abroad.”
Naryshkin continues: “In those years, the fateful issue was resolved: will our country be independent or will it become the puppet of foreign kings? Will it be unified and strong, or split in many small and constantly conflicting formations? Will our people retain their traditions, customs and laws or will they be subject to foreign traditions, customs and laws?”
Naturally he concludes that Russia was only able to save itself on its own through the resurgence of independence and the state, adding that “these ideas united people from different social classes, lands and peoples – Russians and Tatars, Baskhir and Mari, the representatives of the other peoples of Russia.”
Given that this appeal comes from the head of the State Duma, it can be assumed that it reflects the views of the Kremlin, or at least certain factions. However, it is hard to accept as face value – surely Naryshkin can see that conflicts have continued over the past decade in the Caucasus, and I mean here the Russian Caucacus – Chechnya, Ingushetia? Surely Naryshkin can realise that the emergence of such right-wing organisations as Rodina, which espoused Russia for Russians, and called for crackdowns on Jewish organisations, is symptomatic of the lack of unity in Russia? Why didn’t Naryshkin condemn such parties? Why doesn’t Naryshkin condemn atrocities committed in Chechnya? How come one of the most radical leaders of Rodina Dmitry Rogozin is now part of the current Russian cabinet?
For in fact, the current authorities have themselves fomented conflict in the Caucasus and merely continued the divide and rule policies first implemented by President Putin’s idol Stalin.
It is a pity that Naryshkin, if he claims to understand history, has failed to see the similarities in the past decade that have nothing to do with foreign intervention and more to do with the nascent fascism of the current regime.
And finally if Naryshkin is opposed to foreign intervention, which is good to see, then why doesn’t he condemn Russia’s leadership for its constant intervention abroad? For selling arms to Syria clandestinely?
Let’s face, Naryshkin is just another two-faced hypocrite.