After a spectacular Poroshenko’s slip of the tongue during his speech on Ukrainian Unity Day, the Head of the Institute of National Memory Vyatrovich picked up the slack. He called Vysotsky and Tsoi ‘appealing tentacles of Kremlin’ and, as well, indicated that Russia and Ukraine shared one culture.
ʺNot all the tentacles of the “Russian world” are so disgusting and obvious as the Soviet Union and the Moscow church. Some of them are prettier, more exquisite and respectable, but no less dangerous. “The Irony of Fate”, “8th of March”, Bulgakov, Pugachev, and even Vysotsky and Tsoi in the hands of the Kremlin are effective instruments of reminding about the common cultural space and the instruments of its reproduction. Namely, culture is the foundation on which imperialism builds a temple of its own greatness,ʺ an avid Ukrainian nationalist Vyatrovich posted on his Facebook page (sic – Ed.).
Apparently, the representative of the Ukrainian political elite did not even understand what he said. Indeed, he admits that any division of Ukraine and Russia is artificial, that it is the result of a policy of a handful of radicals who have come to power as a result of the coup d’état. In reality, the parents of Vladimir Vysotsky originally hail from Kiev, and, “The White Guard” by Mikhail Bulgakov, dedicated to “mother of all Russian cities”, is one of the strongest works of Russian literature of the 20th century. By the way, there are books written by the characters of Bulgakov’s work in the Poroshenko’s list of recommended reading.
No matter how much the Ukrainian nationalists tried to break ties with Russia in propaganda fervor, they succeed either in economy, or in culture. Moreover, according to Freud, the human psyche is arranged so that a person will tell the truth sooner or later, albeit unconsciously.
Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy