Robbery by George Bellows, 1921
We must build our dialogue with the West using the language they understand; otherwise, we had better stop talking to them, , said the leader of the Essence of Time movement, political scientist Sergey Kurginyan on October 13 on the air of the Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV program on Russia One channel.
According to Kurginyan, Russia should not be a follower and accept the tone of the discussion imposed by the West.
“In essence, which semantics, linguistics, criteria principles, assessments and methods for discussion does the West have to offer? Who decides which sport we are playing: ‘football’, ‘hockey’, ‘boxing’, or ‘MMA’? We cannot always think that we are ballroom dancing – like ‘Natasha Rostova at her first ball’ [from War and Peace – translator’s note], when, in fact, everyone around us acts like they are in a brothel,” believes Kurginyan.
It is a big mistake to think that if we act as decent people, then people on the opposite side will act the same. “We are at a place where rules are defined by crime lords, and this is the decisive principle in these relations. That means, everything that is said does not mean exactly what is literally declared – the real meaning is hidden,” notes the political scientist.
According to Kurginyan, the Navalny case had demonstrated this. Russia’s attempts to build a constructive dialogue with the West have failed. “No one wants decent language, instead they speak in their criminal slang,” emphasizes the expert.
Commenting on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s speeches, where he proposes to “stop talking” with Western partners in a such tone, Kurginyan notes that “sooner or later this principle in relations must be eliminated.”
“I think our Foreign Ministry is doing very well. It always holds up the high note of dignity, inner dignity. Lavrov is already referring to ’Mu-mu’ [Russian literature classic, editorial note], he is referring to everything else… He does it because it is impossible to tolerate any longer the language of the opposing side, and to keep acting like he is a decent person,” Kurginyan said.
“We value the rule of law,” reminds Kurginyan of the Western rhetoric in Navalny’s case. “Where is the law? What are the rules? Rules as defined by the criminal lords? Let’s define the language in the conversation, because certain expressions are perceived differently in different languages. And what sounds a certain way in ordinary Russian language is perceived completely different in the criminal slang,” noted the political scientist.
Next, we are inquire: what happened? And Kurginuan asks the question: ”Why did this group change its vocabulary, semantics, gestures so quickly?”
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency