Russian actor Mikhail Yefremov: Why don’t you like Rus so much? 

2014/06/23 • Culture

“Mikhail, why don’t you like Rus so much?”

The question presumes that I will immediately start making excuses, trying to prove that I do love it. And of course it is presumed that you love Rus for sure.

This conversation is too serious. And senseless to some extent. The team of the German submarine that sunk Northern convoys loved their Fatherland, Germany. And the cheka member that killed the Tsar’s children loved Rus and did it in Russia’s interests.

I can tell you what I DON’T LIKE in this world.

I DON’T LIKE hypocrisy. I don’t like lies, audacity. I don’t like when someone strong picks on the weaker one. I don’t like when people kill each other. I don’t like when they don’t have their own opinion. I don’t like when the people’s mouths are being shut, even those I don’t like.

I WANT my Motherland to be respected. Respected for new technologies, for modern factories, for beautiful and clean cities, quality and inexpensive goods. For our beautiful women, for hard-working and kind men. I want for other countries to dream of joining us not out of desperation, and not because our pensions are higher, but because our society is fairer and because it is easier to breathe. For people to come here not to have fun with underage prostitutes, but to receive treatment from sicknesses that nobody other than our doctors can cure.

I DON’T WANT Russia to be feared and hated. I don’t want Russians to be perceived outside the country as an aggressive and audacious people that doesn’t know how to behave. For the entire world to think of my country as an aggressor. I don’t want us to take first place in corruption levels and child morality. I don’t want for my people to be turned into a uniform crowd by way of massive propaganda.

And I DON’T “ENJOY” our problems. I AM LAUGHING. I am laughing at those people in the Russian nation because of which Russia is not becoming what I WANT it to be, but what I DON’T WANT it to be.

Mikhail Yefremov

Source: UAInfo

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina


  • Andy Castor

    Mikhael, I am a Brit. English to be precise.
    I want to be able to respect your country, but everything that we thought about Russia during the Cold War has now, as we see it, re-emerged.
    Putin has rendered Russia as tragicomically dangerous to its neighbours, and he has rendered the Russian people as a propagandized parody of themselves.

    It is sad beyond words.

    Can we ever trust Russia again?

  • sandy miller

    Andy Caster….I agree with you. I believe all Russians have a blind eye to the dangers of their own country and it’s history. Russian from their beginning…from czars to the communists and now fascists has never changed. It likes and feels more comfortable under a dictatorship. They like an iron hand. It’s in their DNA. It’s not in Ukraine’s DNA. Since beginning of Moscovy, Ukraine has tried to get away from all those who wanted to rule her.
    Even after all these years of Russia trying to russify eastern and southeastern Ukraine they haven’t been able to completely brainwash the people. That’s very frustrating to an empire builder like Putin who wants to recreate the Soviet Union but most ex-soviet union countries want nothing to do with his plan. Michael instead of whinning about his Russia needs to truly be a good example and start fighting his evil empire. PutinRegime.

  • Guest

    Mikhael, when the Soviet Union collapsed I wanted the Russian Federation to be a new start for Russia, working with Nato and perhaps even one day joining the EU and possibly even Nato. But as Sandy Miller points out

  • David Rusinas

    Mikhael, when the Soviet Union collapsed I wanted the Russian Federation to be a new start for Russia, working with Nato and perhaps even one day joining the EU and possibly even Nato. I agree with both Sandy Miller and Andy Castor but would add that change has got to come from within. Ukraine is following the example began by Poland then taken up by Lithuania; the path to an open, transparent democratic state will not be easy but it is something that the Russian people have got to want for themselves. As a point of interest I don’t remember hearing any protest when Mr Putin changed the rule limiting the maximum number of terms one could serve as president to two. Imagine what would happen in France if their president decided to amend (even with government approval) their constitution.

  • disqus60

    Thanks Mikhael, I hope in our lifetime your hopes will be realized, and I hope Ukraine isn’t destroyed before then.