Kurginyan: Colonizers neither build factories nor establish academies of sciences

15.04.2023, Moscow.

One must think that all people are idiots in order to say that the Russians were colonizers, said philosopher, political scientist and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan in an interview to the Metametrica channel published on April 4.

We know how Texas, India etc. were colonized. The French colonized them in a somewhat softer way, the English were somewhat harsher. “And we know what the Russians did, too,” Kurginyan began commenting US officials’ statements that Russia “should be decolonized.”

The political scientist reminded the words of Otto von Bismarck that states are built “with iron and blood,” referring to the colony, and Russian poet Fyodor Tyutchev’s reply, “And we will try to do it with love.”

We will try! Did not we industrialize Central Asia? Is this what is called a colony? Did anyone modernize, say, Zimbabwe? Or Dahomey, or Ivory Coast? Kurginyan wondered.

Who created the Baltic States in their industrial form and a Baltic culture, which was not bad indeed? Who created the Georgian Imperial Theater, or two Academies of Sciences in Armenia, the political scientist continued asking.

Was not it the Empire that did that? Was that the way it performed a colonization? And what happened afterwards? What Armenia has turned into? Into a miserable container shop country with all those cafes. What new research? What army? It is a future Turkish vilayet! One can bet whether it will be Turkish or Iranian, Kurginyan indicated the condition of Armenia today.

He added that similar negative processes are taking place in other post-Soviet republics like Georgia or the Baltic States. It was the empire that made all that industrialization, which was the way it understood itself both during the Tsar period and in the Soviet Union period, when the elite of the province was rapidly integrated into the elite of the empire, the political scientist noted.

The empire may be an idiot or a smart empire, but it must not be accused of what it never did, and this is not a matter of enemy’s propaganda, it is a matter of considering all us as idiots. And this is not perfectly true: a) not all of us, b) not completely idiots. Therefore, this is a dirty trick to call us ‘colonizers,’ Kurginyan said.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency