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The main questions of the Revolution

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We have question which need to be answered – for the sake of future generations. A lot of those. But we decided to focus on three. Here goes – three questions in the October revolution’s 100th anniversary year.

Yuriy Zinchuk, host: “So, it seems that this week there has been no topic more important than the 100th anniversary of the revolution. First of all, because a 100th anniversary of a revolution is marked only once in a hundred years. Secondly, because not one city in the entire history of human civilization has had so many revolutions within a short period of time. And that is one of St. Petersburg’s phenomena. And, thirdly, the revolution left a mark in many people’s lives. I, for instance, was born in the year of the Great October’s 50th anniversary. I even have a medal which was given to everyone at birth. And here is what it shows

So I, just as many others born in the USSR, was injected into the revolution literally since birth. But what does that subject mean to us nowadays? What’s its relevance in the present-day context? There’s no total control by the Communist Party. There’s no personality cult of Lenin. And there’s no such country as the USSR anymore.

So, what do we have then? We have question which need to be answered – for the sake of future generations. A lot of those. But we decided to focus on three. Here goes – three questions in the October revolution’s 100th anniversary year.

The first and the one most frequently asked by idealists – what Russia would’ve been like if the 1917 revolution never happened? The answer is obvious – none. There could have been no other Russia. Because that revolution could only happen in a country like Russia. In the circumstances of the Russian Empire back then, it was unavoidable. The takeover of power was inevitable. But its not only an achievement of Lenin and his team. Its also the fault of those who allowed this power to be seized so easily.

The second question which always prompts heated discussions – who was right back then? Who was the victim and who was the executioner? Who was more ruthless and merciless – the whites or the reds? Did the revolution bring good for Russia or evil? But the answer here is also obvious. Both sides were merciless – reds and whites. In essence, even the division between reds and whites was non-existent. Its just that one side said – lets change our way of living. The others said – no, lets keep it as it is. And it turned out that there was more of the former. It was followed later by the brotherly fight, civil war, bloodshed and millions of victims of the Red Terror. And that, in turn, was followed by Yuriy Gagarin, the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the superpower status, alongside the USA. And the hundredth anniversary of those dramatic events is a good reason to think about one thing. That we are not red and white. We are citizens of one country. With one history. Which cannot be altered. We need to know it. And a revolution is neither good or bad. It’s a priceless, tragic and useful experience, which we need to preserve and even use whenever we’re trying to answer the most important of questions – who we are and where are we headed? The one which even Gogol wrote about it back in the days – where are you racing to, Russia?

As for the anniversary – we’ve marked many of those, always in a different way, depending on the epoch our country was going through at the time. And have understood only one thing. Anniversaries come and go. The Revolution stays.

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