Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
4th January, 2016
Volodymyr Bystryakov stated in an interview with RIA Novosti an analogy of the “separatist” sentiment in Europe and Ukraine and the power which constantly proclaims its “Europeanness”.
“In the UK, on the eve of the referendum on the separation of Scotland, they wrote on the walls “Scotland! Don’t leave us! We love you!”. In Spain, the king delicately treated the decision of the Parliament of Catalonia on the referendum from the point of view of the integrity of the country. Imagine you are one of tenants of a communal apartment, and your roommate wants to move out from you. In other words, wants to live separately. In English it is called “separated”. And in answer to his desire, you begin to bombard him with mortars, artillery and other joys, destroying, in the process, your general commune. What nonsense, you say?! How is it possible even to imagine in a shared house, with shared kitchen and, sorry, toilet, to fight?! But nevertheless, we got it today in the scale of the whole country!” said Bystryakov.
But in Ukraine, in his opinion, the residents of Donbass were immediately declared the enemy who must be destroyed, and after that, Kiev still wants the “remaining enemies” to be “loved”!
Vladimir Bystryakov is a long known and loved composer since the days of the USSR. He wrote music for many films and cartoons including the famous “Treasure Island” and “Alice in Wonderland”. Bystryakov is the creator of the songs included in the repertoire of Alla Pugacheva, Valery Leontiev, Alexander Malinin and actor Nikolai Karachentsov. He is also a TV presenter and father of four children.