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Heartier than in the capitals. Andrey Pozdnyakov – about identity

Radio Liberty 22.09.2019 at 07:00

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The Main task of the information-analytical site "Siberia.Realities", a regional project of Radio Liberty, honest, balanced, impartial, accurate story of the daily life of the most important territories of the Russian Federation, filling the gap of information about Siberia, the analysis of socio-economic processes occurring in this rich, it seems to have been developed, but is largely still unknown in the European part of Russia region. The most interesting reports and comments "Siberia.Reality" read in the pages of the website Radio Liberty. About "Siberian" identity, we now don't speak. And dangerous – one never knows, accused of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Russia, and that's all, with all the consequences at present consequences. Therefore, if the subject POPs up, how would not seriously. On the famous Monstration can meet people with the flag of the "United States of Siberia" was created in Omsk conceptual artist Damir Muratov. Fans of his work, there are t-shirts with the print "United Kingdom Siberia." And you can still remember the comic book hero of Novosibirsk Konstantin Eremenko – Siberian partisan separatist Makary Lykov, fearlessly fighting with the Russian spirit "zhyvotnyh" Cheburashka... Or the action "let's Show Moscow Siberia", on which the Siberians showed the outline of the map of the Siberian Federal district, looks like a male genitalia. Seriously about what the Siberian identity and whether it exists at all, it is difficult to speak. In the country, is still arranged on the Imperial, the right to an official identity, have only the "peoples of Russia" – from Karelia in the West to the Chukchi in the East and from the Nenets in the North to the Circassians and Ingush in the South. However, in the "ethnically pure" regions it is assumed a monolith, which must not be undermined even a hint of territorial identification! And do not care what between Vladivostok and Moscow is seven hours difference, and many Siberians never been beyond the Urals. However, territorial identity today is felt more and more. And for good reason. Many Russians there is a growing interest to the native, local history, local history. On the background of the current globalization of the cold people suddenly wanted something native and warm, I wanted to know their roots, to understand and feel the history of his native city, village, street. That sold out in bookstores books of local publishers, and in the evenings and on weekends in all the major cities are flocks of tourists from residents who want to know their homes better. Policy of the Federal center aimed at the plumbing of everything, the final deprivation of regions and municipalities of independence and turning them into best case in the raw material base (as the Tyumen Autonomous district), and at worst, into the trash (as in Cheese), strengthen local, territorial identity against the background of increasing irritation from the "snickering" (Oh, sorry, "prettier with Sergey Semenovich") of Moscow". And in Siberia, thanks to the scientists and publicists formulated in the XIX century the idea of regionalism, there is a tradition sense of his "self". Current Siberians for the most part, of course, know almost nothing (and know, in General, do not want to) about who are Yadrintsev Nikolai and Grigory Potanin. But the slogan "stop robbing Siberia!" is understandable in Siberia everyone. And what is separatism?! Siberians are not born, they become through half a dozen or so past years, or rather, ZIM a Few years ago the Novosibirsk University conducted a study of Siberian identity. Social scientists not only recorded the presence of this identity, but were able to describe it, stating its findings in monographs. Now on this large-scale study to even think impossible. The amended article 280 of the Criminal code now allows you to punish almost any attempt to speculate about the self, the otherness of each other in Russia. But this self is still here. Novosibirsk on-former considers itself the capital of Siberia is still proud of its academic, born here of Revolution and the ability of citizens to defend their interests on a rather massive in these times of protest rallies. University Tomsk still considers himself the most intelligent city in Siberia. In Irkutsk the local identity is largely determined by lake Baikal and the struggle for its ecology. Krasnoyarsk residents consider their city the most modern and dynamically developing in Siberia. Thus the inhabitants of all these cities there is a clear sense of common Siberian origin and destiny. This fate is determined Ermakova and after-Ermakovy Cossack campaigns, migration of peasant lapotnikov in the XIX – early XX centuries, the Komsomol construction sites and the Stalinist camps and links. Additionally, people in Siberia often brings together dramatic family history: probably every second here come from the exiles. And all here well know that Siberians are not born, they become through half a dozen or so past years, or rather, ZIM. These winters, and vast distances, combined also. Omsk and Irkutsk, which ran between two and a half thousand kilometers of the Siberian open spaces feel more like countrymen than Yaroslavl and Kostroma, although between them these less than a hundred kilometers. Ruthless cold climate common. But relationships between people are often much warmer than in the center. And surprised the capital, "and the people here seem warmer and heartier than we have in the capitals" – often not just a desire of the guest to tell the host. Andrey Pozdnyakov – Novosibirsk marketer and local historian, Expressed in category "Blogs" opinions may not coincide with the views of the publisher