Margarita Simonyan
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Margarita Simonyan ...

En BBC-journalist spurgte mig:
- Blandt 150 millioner russere, er der virkeligt ikke nogen som er bedre end Putin Hvordan kan man forstå at I vil stemme for ham igen?
Jeg forklarede det til ham på nogenlunde denne måde:

- For at forstå det, er du nød til at have levet her før Putin. Forestil dig, at du lever i et land hvor der i lang tid har hersket en borgerkrig, som ikke har nogen ende eller tegn på nogen slutning. Et land hvor krisen netop har ramt og igen gjort alle dine penge værdiløse.

Where everyone understands that Chechnya will not come to an end, and there will be Dagestan, Ingushetia and even Adygeya, and then Tatarstan, until we fall apart completely in torment, hatred and blood.

Where my regional governor, for example, forbade the sale of our Kuban grain to Moscow, because this Moscow would go away, far off, along with the rest of Russia.

Where our bloody and final collapse is inevitable, and nothing can be done.

Where for months or even years salaries and pensions go unpaid. Where every year is worse than the previous one. Where all hopes have collapsed long ago.

And then a man comes, and all this stops. War, hopelessness, collapse, massive permanent non-payment.

Wages, pensions are growing. By slight increments, but growing. Mortgages can be had, unheard of before, there are some bank account savings from the population, mass TOURISM abroad:

Not shuttling to Poland with trunks loaded with alarms, like my mother, for example, (with her advanced degrees), but rather to vacation in Turkey. And then to Italy.

And in general, - I say, I do not know any person who would not live here much better under Putin than before Putin.

The problem is that you compare our life with your own. But we compare our life with our own life before Putin.

And we understand: maybe with someone else all these years it would be better. But in fact it was worse, way worse. Would you take risk the of such a situation?

"Well, indeed," the BBC-nik said, "Understood. I would not, I think. Thank you for explaining."

You're welcome.