Director of the Hermitage compared the war with the “self-affirmation of the nation”

Piotrovsky said that war is always “blood and murder”, but it is also the self-affirmation of the nation. According to him, Russia was “retreating, retreating”, but now “a turn has been made”, and “it was no longer possible to do otherwise”

Mikhail Piotrovsky

On the one hand, war is “blood and murder”, and on the other— self-affirmation of the nation and people, said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky, answering a question about the attitude and perception of the war in the history of Russian culture.

“With regard to military operations, everything is not so simple either. On the one hand, war —is blood and murder, and on the other— self-assertion of people, self-assertion of the nation. Every person wants to assert themselves. And in its position in relation to the war it undoubtedly asserts itself, — he said.

According to him, now our country has “passed into another time”; and makes “great global transformations.” “We retreated, retreated, now we are not retreating. A turn has been made. And it is already clear that the final. Everything was started in 2014 in the Crimea. Crimea created a situation where it was already impossible to do otherwise, it was necessary to turn around, — said the director of the Hermitage.

At the same time, Piotrovsky continued, everyone in Russia is, to varying degrees, “militarists and imperialists.” He also pointed out that whatever the situation, a person should always be with his country.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, a number of cultural figures opposed it. In particular, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta called to stop the hostilities. Dmitry Muratov, singers Valery Meladze and Kristina Orbakaite, writer Boris Akunin, literary critic Galina Yuzefovich, TV presenters Ivan Urgant and Maxim Galkin and others.

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Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said earlier that the position of cultural figures who condemn the Russian military operation in Ukraine is unacceptable. According to him, such people were born “with a golden spoon in their mouth”; and live abroad. The politician urged them to return to Russia and “work for its benefit”, and not “squander” parents' money.

In turn, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that he did not consider those who were afraid or did not understand the decision of the authorities to start a military operation in Ukraine and left Russia to be enemies of the state. “We have people who got scared, when it all started, they got scared. Some of them left. Said he was going on a long vacation. Everyone acted differently. But there are those who are afraid and who do not understand. And they are not enemies of the state. I'm convinced, — he said in early April.

He also pointed out that the Kremlin hears the opinion of those Russians who do not agree with the military operation in Ukraine, however, according to Peskov, such “still a minority.”

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