By The end of July , we left a convulsed France by strikes, deadly attacks on the population, ongoing repression of workers and their rights, and in summary a decadent , sterile and aging Europe.
We reached Domododevo Airport, and very quickly we found ourselves in the North of Moscow at Sovietsky Hotel, near the long Leningrad Avenue . How Charming was to find ourselves in an historical hotel with a very friendly welcome!
and What a good breakfast we had at the Sovietsky Hotel!
The location for the breakfast was resplendent with light, meticulously clean, with beautiful chrysanthemums on every corner. Dressed in white, smiling waitresses (all workers have their uniforms), look with great health and good spirits. On the tables covered with pristine tablecloth, they offer you fresh black bread, butter, sausage, cheese, fish, eggs, meatballs, cereal, fruit … at volonté!
It is impossible for an ill person not to RECOVER in this cool atmosphere, plenty of light and warmth.
Everything impressed us. Moscow is Great, Impressive and Unique.
The huge size of the places, its avenues of 5/ 12-ways, its construction with its skyscrapers named the “7 sisters”. Its shops, the squares, the museums, the colorful and Fairy cathedrals , countless parks and gardens in every corner , its aesthetics and cleanliness everywhere – never seen something similar in our numerous travels around the world.
Friedrik and I wandered for a whole day of this hot summer , in Sebastopolskaia neighborhood in the south of Moscow, a district of the middle class and workers with a multinational population.
The new buildings are set back from the street, behind a curtain of young trees and bushes in a flamboyant green.
Between each block of houses and behind, there are large areas which are constructed for children’s games, volleyball, basketball, totally free sports area. Between the sidewalk and the roadway there are several meters place to the tree planting. There is a small pine wood forest also behind and it has been completely preserved.
In this area as in others, there are stores so everything is nearby: food, shoes, children’s toys clothing, gigantic libraries. They side with schools and two hotels.
This neighborhood is provided by numerous buses, routes, trolley and subway, and you never wait more than three minutes at stops. In less than half an hour you are in the center of Moscow.
Not only is interesting the Habitat, but also the atmosphere of the cities.
Why we feel so cool to walk there?. Trees, flowers, greenery, the population? No doubt, but also a rediscovery of the normal rhythm of life.
The streets are very crowded, traffic is intense but there is no such hustle and hurry like in Europe. The faces are certainly serious, but less tense and people is less aggressive, more calm.
Is this a question of character, the Slave being less nervous than the Latin?
or ….Should we look for the answer due to the fact that the Soviets left a more human city ( we will say today ” Healthier Cities for Sustainable Development“)? by living near the workplace, the air not poisoned by polluted air or chemtrails, the infernal noise, car traffic jams, the debauched advertising everywhere?
Everything is more human, less frenetic, more serene. They still take time to live, to walk calmly to taste what adorns existence.
Moscow does not look like Leningrad, one of the first European cities built according to a plan with straight and perpendicular streets.
Moscow has a different style: it has built over the centuries, in a spiral around the Kremlin. Its neighborhoods have expanded to suit the will of landowners and private interests. It was a city and apparently without any urban plan.
But the Soviets of Moscow and architects have provided avenues where the ways can have four to five front cars and buses , silent, quick, with wide sidewalks separated from the road by a hedge or a double row of trees. These pioneers of the 30s have Preserved the humanity of the city.
Moscow- St Petersburg ( Leningrad) with the high-speed train, SAPSAN in 3.45 min chrono.
St Petersburg is a beautiful city that has no more than three centuries of existence. It has lost none of its charm. You can admire the wide and deep NEVA, rivers, canals, small bridges that is why it is called “the Venice of the North” clean lines , gardens, parks, that occupy more than one-fifth of its surface, the splendors of the past as the Winter palace, the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Admiralty, the Smolny institute , the Hermitage, …and the incredible Soviet Cruiser Aurora !
What an Emotion!
It is true that the new Russia is not the Soviet Union, yet its traces are everywhere. In countless portrait of Lenin, of the Soviets, or in the Metro of Moscow , a jewel built for workers by Josip Stalin. We regret that portrait of Stalin are Quiet rare in Moscow. ( We know that is part of the revisionist policy implemented from 1953) http://communismgr.blogspot.com.mt/2016/08/the-remorse-of-dissident-alexander.html
We often meet young people reading in the Metro, or in a café, something that surprise us today with the dictatorship of the Iphone!
Let us remind that reading had become in the USSR a mass phenomenon, favored by short workdays and rapid transport.
They edited all, printed more than 3 million copies of books of all kinds ,THREE BOOKS ON FIVE published worldwide came from the USSR, and still sold today at low prices at 3 to 4 euros ( and of good quality) . (Biblioglobus http://www.biblio-globus.ru/).
Major libraries are in every neighborhood, for adolescents and adults even if they have undergone some changes and a period of deep structural crisis since the elimination of the Komsomols (http: // bbf.enssib.fr/consulter/bbf-2003-03-0057-009)- the Soviet communist youth Organization .
As the PanRussian Center for Public Opinion Research found in 2014, the Russians read about 4.5 books over three months, that is to say nearly 18 books per year. The most popular genre in Russia is the love story – he was chosen by 13% of readers.
At the same time, more than a third of Russians (nearly 35%) confessed to never read books –
The Arab world is at the bottom of the rankings.
The USSR had the shortest day of work in the world (it was 10 hours before the Revolution) and in 1960 it decreased to 7 hours to 6 hours for miners . So they had time for reading and other hobbies.
Today with the capitalist restoration workers’ rights and social rights have been attacked, but it seems that a proposal is to be adopted for the working day of 6.8 hours. https://francais.rt.com/international/17923-travail-russie-reduction-heures
There is the book, the press, but also the arts. In all, Lenin said, for us “ the most important is the cinema”. The image was a tool of communication for the illiterate population with a rudimentary education at that time.
There was a time when the Soviet films were banned or shown in private sessions in Europe, as was the “Battleship of Potemkin” by the genius director Einsestein- 1925- banned for 30 years in France!
Russia had and have great directors like Eisenstein, Vertov, Nicolas Ekk, Mark Donskoi, Vassiliev Brothers; Tarkovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov, etc … Today the Russian film industry continues to grow strongly and is disclosed in different televised channels of the country and movie theaters. However, it is ABSENT in the European screens despite the efforts of the Ministry of Russian Culture to promote it in the European Area – it is very diversified and of good quality .
Friedrik was struck by the beauty of Russian women who have not lost their femininity, besides working heavily in all professions: one of the greatest victories of the USSR: “Every cooker should learn to govern the State “stated Lenin. It was the opposite of the German reactionaries which slogan was “Kuche, kinder, kirche”.
Let us name the best known as Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space. Daughter of a mechanic, who died during the 2nd imperialistic war, coming from the small village of Yaroslav or Valentina Gaganova worker heroe, who later became an engineer.
We recommend to all, to visit the countless and rich historical museums that will tell you much better these historical facts. http://www.sovrhistory.ru/
As we write this, we feel a deep sense of gratitude to the Russian people, for what they have endured (victory over the Nazis and the surrender of Berlin, the liberation of the death camps etc … ..), what they have built and what they brought to the world. And despite all this, one is impressed by their discretion and modesty.
There are people who see only the negative facts, though.
No human being in good faith, can refuse the sympathy to a huge country that from the darkness of ignorance and poverty , became one of the world’s giants, thanks to the heroic work of its fifty peoples from the Baltic to the Pacific that have written the glorious pages justifying our optimism for the future and our belief in happiness.
This country is impressive and big, giant. The birth of the first socialist state remains the greatest event of the twentieth century. October 1917 has changed the world and the destiny of every human being. While we not realize that , it was deep upheaval. That is why the Russian revolution, sparked worldwide fervent friends and bitter enemies.
Russia is also much better known today and some Russian anti campaigns extravaganza are no longer possible, but still remains ………… Disinformation, and the Tool of “LIE AND MAKE FEAR” developed by the Nazi Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda number 1, survives to its founder even today.
Finally, we add that as Europeans, we wish that the cooperation between our countries and Russia to be developed in all areas , exchanges of all kinds has to be increased and We demand THE END of the shameful sanctions and the repugnant hostility toward Russian people , as the ban of the Russian Athletics from the Olympics are an example- Just because Russians ( Russian nationalist bourgeoisie in opposition to the compradores mostly jewish oligarchs) have decided to struggle for their sovereignty and not to comply with the totalitarianism of the USA /UE corporate and the international finance. !!!!-
S. benigassan and Friedrik
In french : https://gardenofknowledgemalta.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/1630/
Some interesting readings on Russia :
1- “La Russie est- elle de Gauche ou de Droite”, de Bruno Dwerski, Ed. Delga, 2016, France
2- “Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism” By Samir Amin , 2016
3- This article can be read also at Kana’anonline : https://kanaanonline.org/ebulletin-en/?p=898