Her i begyndelsen af april udsendte det russiske kulturministerium et første oplæg til en ny værdipolitik i Rusland. Jeg har planket dele af en engelsk oversættelse af Infobox’ reportage:
“Russia should be considered as a unique and distinctive civilization, which can not be reduced either to “the West” or to “the East”. Brief statement of this position is the thesis “Russia is not Europe”, confirmed by the whole history of the country and its people”, Infobox reports, quoting Interfax news agency.
“It seems appropriate to include in the document the thesis of renouncing the principles of multiculturalism and tolerance. Preserving a single cultural code requires rejection of state support for cultural projects which impose alien to society values,” the document says.
“Any reference to “creative freedom”and “national identity” can not justify behavior which is considered unacceptable from the standpoint of traditional Russian values. This is not meant to limit the freedom of expression and the rights of citizens, but requires denial of state support for people and communities, demonstrating behaviour contrary to the cultural norms”, the drafters write.
Alien values, according to the authors of the document, lead to “mental distress, which is manifested through an increase in crimes, alcoholism, drug addiction, through the increase in the number of suicides and abandoned children, through increased morbidity and mortality”…
In general, it is proposed to develop the cultural policy based on “civilization” principle, which the authors believe to be the opposite of the “liberal pro-Western” approach which supposedly idealizes Western path of development…
Andet udkast til en ny russisk værdipolitik kom her for nogle dage siden. Jeg har ikke kunnet finde en nærmere beskrivelse af indholdet, men der synes at være tale om et noget lavere ambitionsniveau end hvad første udkast lagde op til. Men at Rusland med stormskridt udvikler sig mod et ægte illiberalt samfund, synes der ikke at være tvivl om.