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As Russian living in Central Asia? About "white bone" and "blue blood" :.: Article 07.04.2019 at 21:00 :.: Article

Homeland — the effect of elapsed time. At the present time it does not sound. During the Soviet era in the republics of Central Asia, except for indigenous people, about 15-20% of the total population were so-called "Russian". It was the Russian, and also Ukrainians, Belarusians, Balts and representatives of other "white" nationalities, who were all under one name: "Russian". Mainly it was professionals — doctors, teachers, engineers, who in the early and mid-twentieth century mass was going to stay and work in those regions, as well as military personnel and their families. About the mid 50's until the early 90's have the "Golden age" of the Russian-speaking population in the region. Then they actively develop agriculture, medicine, teaching in schools and newly opened schools. In all the republics, like mushrooms after rain, grow military enclaves, military installations with its own infrastructure: shops, kindergartens, schools... Officially, the Russians and the local population — brothers forever. The reality is a little different: the local population is retarded, " Yeri", "h rcami" as them together is sometimes called. Russian language and culture if not officially considered a title, many signs have informal priority and priority: the Turkmen and the Uzbeks prefer to send their children to Russian-language schools, as thus more likely to "get by". The chiefs, as a rule, the Russian deputies — almost all local. Local resources are allocated not on the ground and from Moscow. Photo: Source But otherwise no visible ethnic conflicts don't happen. The local population at the household level, as a rule, very tolerant and respected "elder brothers." Learning much from them takes experience and knowledge. "Big brother" in many ways, treated with patience and understanding to the younger brother. Taught, instructed. Many friends — though mainly with the "Russified" local, some marry and get married, the voltage on a national basis is still unknown. The life in the region, the warm climate, abundance of fruits and vegetables and plainness in all things do and life there is quite easy and carefree. (If I had one word to describe life back then in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in the 80-ies, I would say briefly: simplicity.) Many of us today, at the intersection of the Soviet past and the new Western realities with their market economy and stiff competition, it's hard to understand what it means to "live simply". We, the Russian in Central Asia, then "lived simply", as the local population — even easier than a Russian in Russia, where he inquisitive Russian mind and hitronet leaves the simplicity of chance. Photo: Source Easy was the fact that the bus could not pay the fare, saying the driver that you've got no money or big bills, or that you could come to the market and find that you have to empty your wallet, take from strangers "Daisy" (women of middle age) is all that is necessary, in debt till the next time — because you trusted in absentia. That was the entire year take place in one and the same — because the heat and the people were simple, without any claim to the latest trend and chic. We ate fresh sturgeon and caviar spoon, early apricots and peaches the size of baby's head unique carjacka melons and watermelons the size of a balloon at seven cents per pound, which was about night to buy at the market under the open sky, where the melon growers brought their products and remain until you sell all. Caught a two-meter catfish and carp unaffordable without special spinning and licenses, just after driving on a nearby lake. Bonfires and slept in the desert or visitor to unfamiliar owners, and remained for the night with them, without fearing for their wallets or your life. Photo Source: the Rent was symbolic, gasoline and gas — free, people — friendly and life is simple and real. Life in the Central Asian republics during the Soviet time was not considered something exotic, but rather mentioned as an example of underdevelopment. But only now, years later, I began to realize how much life there was unique and interesting and how I was lucky to travel much of the region, to join the great Simplicity has already been lost forever. Russian language in Central Asia then was on horseback, a kind of elite. "Blue blood" and "white bone". But we ourselves are like fine wine-spring water like "diluted" by local customs and traditions, simplicity of communication and plainness of words and deeds. Everything was simple and clear at a glance. Also, when our Soviet brotherhood ended and the 90s began active outflow of Russian-speaking citizens of all the republics of Central Asia, there were persistent rumors that Russians are oppressed, take away their houses and apartments. In Tajikistan showed and wrote about ethnic cleansing, when the Russian killed, raped, robbed. The same wrote about the other republics. Photo: Source I can't responsibly say about Tajikistan, but the fact that in Turkmenistan for a long time remained a dual citizen, and Turkmens were more than tolerant and patient with us — concrete fact. I did not know any of the former compatriots, who would somehow hurt at the time. Although the screaming and moaning about the violation of the rights of Russian speakers stood to cheer was heard in the Kremlin, but most of them were exaggerated and false. It has been many years since that moment when we all became proud and independent, rushed to build their new happiness, to earn big money... But the memory of that simple time still warms the heart in the freezing cold in a world where everything is not easy. ...

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