Zakhar Prilepin, a Russian writer, took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. We are having a discussion on the threshold of the Forgiveness Sunday.
You know, I had a big talk show in Belarus, where it was discussed how well Belarusians treat Germans. Then I decided to have a vote, whether Belarusians are ready to forgive Germany for the things they have done during the Great Patriotic War (conflict fought during the period from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945 along the many fronts of the Eastern Front of World War II between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany and its allies). As many as 75-80% voted no. How much time should it take for the conflict happening in Ukraine now to be forgiven?
It may differ. The problem is that we are comparing disparate things.
I f I am not mistaken, Belarusian nation, alongside with Jews and Gypsies, has the lead in the number of victims.
The population was downsized nearly by half.
Every third person died.
It’s absolutely terrible. If I am not mistaken every fourth man died in Armenia. It is a tragedy for the country. Reminiscence of Victory will always unite Russia and Armenia. They celebrate it there. Actually, I am not quite sure, that a specific task to forgive is set. It all must overgrow with weeds and grass. It is all too close to the heart; it’s our grandfathers, even some people’s fathers and great-grandfathers. As for Ukraine, I will be honest with you, the people I know from the Donbass, they are all aware what is happening, they do not fight with Ukrainians and with Ukraine. Of course, they hate all the consequences of the bombings and everything else, but this isn’t about forgiving Ukraine.
They understand that Ukraine was deceived.
As for the other part of Ukraine, I’ll be honest with again, let’s imagine a list of at least of five real, all the more, mass victims, who were the result of the Donbass region. There is a dim situation in Volnovakha and Mariupol. If 8,000 people died on this side, it isn’t even about hundreds of victims on the other side of Ukraine.
What about forgiveness?
What should people from Kiev or Lvov forgive us for? We haven’t done anything wrong to them. Everything else, I think, can be solved. If this situation today was miraculously changed, then in three years’ time everything would be even more stable and friendly rather than with the Caucuses or Chechnya.
Thank you for finding time in your busy schedule. Will be happy to see you in Belarus.