Russia, Known for Potemkin Villages, is Now ‘a Garden of Fig Leaves,’ Yerofeyev Says
June 5 – Russia gave the world the Potemkin village, in which officials tried
to cover up problems from those above them; but now it has become “a garden of
fig leaves,” in which those at the top have turned the country into “a garden
of fig leaves” in which the real reason the regime is doing something is
concealed under a lie that it is doing something else, according to Viktor
realm of culture is where this is perhaps clearest, Yerofeyev says. On the one
hand, “culture exists independently from censorship.” Writers can write in the
most horrific times as did Platonov and Pasternak. But on the other, the Putin
regime is restricting the ability of writers and other producers of culture to
reach their audiences.
it is doing so is significant: If 20 years ago, cultural figures could produce
what they wanted and count on reaching an audience, now, it is impossible for
them to do so “without the fear that their work one way or another will be
interpreted as Russophobic or offensive to the feelings of someone and so on.”
reflects one “episode of the civil war” which is taking place “between the Russian
which wants to be part of Europe and the Russia which wants to belong to itself
and to live with isolationism, nationalism and an extremely archaic philosophy,”
the writer says.Putin and his regime
belong to the latter unfortunately.
the Kremlin hides its true purposes behind various “fig leaves,” claims that it
is doing something for one reason when in fact it is doing something for quite another
and that it uses to reduce people to objects that the powers that be control
and direct rather than being individuals who belong to themselves.