Edward Topol: Indifference makes us cattle

Edward Topol: “Indifference makes us cattle”

Writer Edward Topol. Photo: Sergey Pyatakov, RIA Novosti

“About the total, monstrous theft, to speak already is sickening, and banal, and boring. The country has turned out not a vertical of power, but a pyramid of kickbacks, ”says the writer.
Dossier
Edward Topol was born in 1938 in Baku. He graduated from the screenwriting faculty of VGIK. In 1978 he emigrated to the United States. Author of action novels (Red Square, Journalist for Brezhnev, Kremlin Wife, etc.), more than a dozen scripts and a number of plays. The director of the film "On the edge of standing."
The writer has been living in two countries for more than 30 years - Russia and America, but life on the suitcases does not prevent him from releasing new novels and trying himself in directing. And in the near future, on one of the central channels, the premiere of the television movie on his book “Alien Face” will take place, returning us to the events of the early 80s. Twentieth century.

Pyramid of kickbacks


AiF:- Eduard Vladimirovich, as a person living on two continents, I want to ask you: why,despite the seemingly prosperous relations of Russia and America, somewhere on a subconscious level, we still have a feeling of hostility? Moreover, we seem to have become entangled in the understanding of the fact that there is a free state: either we accuse the United States of totalitarianism, then we stigmatize ourselves.
ET:- There is no surprise here: people were almost at the genetic level impressed that America is the enemy. For example, I categorically refused to learn English at school. He was convinced that there was nothing and no reason for me to talk with the capitalists. But fate turned so that I have been living in America for many years, while I know more about this country than the leadership in the Kremlin. Upstairs, we have long and clearly understood that no we with the States are enemies. Moreover, purely historically, strategically, Russia, America and Europe will not survive apart. If we do not become partners, Islamic civilization will sooner or later cover the whole world. The most powerful Muslim energy industry with its ideological attitudes and enormous demographic growth is the global cause for concern of the leading powers.
You have to be the last idiot to think that they are sitting in America and slowly are carrying out plans to conquer Russia.Yes, to hell they need it? Feed her ?! Solve its paradoxes and problems? They are definitely not up to it! In my opinion, the situation in America is now much more dangerous than in Russia. I am afraid that the freedom of democratic choice here ended on Barack Obama. Obama is such an idealistic communist Islamic spill who follows the covenants and dreams of his communist father. The bottom line is that the Communists do not democratically derogate from power.
AiF:- You are talking about global threats: Islamic extremism, castling of political regimes, etc. But Russia would have to deal with its internal problems. Do not they primarily threaten the decay of the country?
ET:- Here is a writer sitting in front of you who once wrote about corruption in the Soviet Union. And in this sense, I discovered America to the world! Today it makes no sense to write even a little story on this topic. (Grinning.) If three years ago on federal channels talk about corruption was reduced to small stories about the stealing house managers, today they talk about it every day, moreover with the mouth of the supreme power. The scale of corruption is such that the power of impotence simply shouts “guard!” But cannot do anything.
Sinking ships, plane crashes, burning nightclubs now and again have become an illustration of the state of modern Russia - you can list them for a long time. But if you dig, then behind all this there are kickbacks and cuts ... It’s already sickening, banal, and boring to talk about total, monstrous theft. Medvedev can remove from posts 10-20-30 generals or officials - nothing will change. At all levels of power, psychology is one: while you are at a bread place, you must have time to get the maximum personal benefit. The corruption system cemented the state, making any development completely impossible. Therefore, it is necessary to change the majority, and even better - all!
In this connection, I recall the policy of Abramovich, when he became the governor of Chukotka. The fact that he pulled the region out of the swamp (after all, there people really were starving and begging for bread from passing ships) is not just cash infusions. This is a competent policy! He managed to stop the theft.

Parasitic abomination


AiF:- In our country, there are already more than 100 billionaires - that each would have taken in the region and pulled it out of the swamp!
ET:- While there is no guaranteed protection of private property - they are simply not interested! Now, if oligarch X understood that the plant, which no matter which way he went, would be his property tomorrow,and the day after tomorrow, then he will go to his son, and then to his grandson, he would think and act differently. And now these X-billionaires feel temporary workers - they would be able to quickly get a rent to go and overtake him abroad. They are afraid: sooner or later the deal will end - the business will either be taken away or nationalized.
The law on the inviolability of private property. Why is it not yet? Again, as a science fiction writer, I can assume: there is a powerful stratum of bureaucracy that tracks successful businesses and takes them away. But it's not so bad! In Russia, after all, only at the level of conversations is supported the development of small and medium-sized businesses. Any private entrepreneur will tell you that in practice things are monstrous! If you managed to break through the wall of bureaucracy, corruption and senility, the state will crush you with predatory taxes, and the control shot in the head of the business will be organized by an organized criminal group, which have not gone anywhere. And as soon as a person manages to earn something in spite of everything, he strives to create a financial safety cushion abroad. This is normal?! Well, you guarantee at least security and human conditions for private entrepreneurs! The situation will begin to change! To change not only economically, but also psychologically.After all, ordinary people are still treated like cattle, and people are used to it ...
In the early 90s. Twentieth century. in New York, I was introduced to one of the “new Russians” of the first wave. He did business on the fact that he supplied products from America to the territory of the former USSR. I ask him: “How can you make money on this? Delivery, customs clearance - it's all very expensive! ”And he explained to me:“ I buy canned goods from owners of supermarkets, which are about to expire, hire the cheapest transportation across the ocean and make very good money in the end. ” I was indignant: “Well, okay, we Jews, Jews, have hung all the dogs on us for a long time! But you are a Russian, how can you feed your compatriots, children with these rotten products ?! ”He replied to me with a phrase that I did not forget after 20 years and will not forget, apparently, never:“ What kind of people are these! This is a fulfilled breed! ”Just think about these disgusting and cynical words!
AiF:- Lastly answer the original Russian question: what to do?
ET:- Do not remain indifferent and remember that, thank God, man has always been given the right of choice, and the right of political choice as well.Apathy is destructive, the thought that everything for us has long been decided and nothing can be fixed. You can fix it if you don’t hide your head in the sand all the time and remind yourself more often, and most importantly, the parasitic oligarchic-bureaucratic abomination, that you are a man, not a cattle. I do not know of other ways and recipes.

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  • Edward Topol: Indifference makes us cattle

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    Edward Topol: Indifference makes us cattle

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    Edward Topol: Indifference makes us cattle

    Edward Topol: Indifference makes us cattle

    Edward Topol: Indifference makes us cattle

    Edward Topol: Indifference makes us cattle

    Edward Topol: Indifference makes us cattle

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