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Dmitry Bykov: Poet or Revolter?
July 30, 2017 19:55


As Dmitry Bykov says: “I never set myself the task of influencing the opinion of the Russians. I set myself the task of reminding people that there are absolute values, and then let them think for themselves”.

Dmitry Bykov is a famous modern Russian writer, poet, publicist, journalist, literary critic, literature teacher, radio and TV presenter. He is also known as a biographer of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava, Maxim Gorky and Vladimir Mayakovsky. Together with Mikhail Efremov regularly released literary video casts in the framework of the projects "Citizen Poet" and "Mr. Good".
Dmitry Bykov is a professor of the World Literature and Culture Department at the Moscow State University of International Relations of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and also collaborates with the Moscow State Pedagogical University. Dmitry Bykov believes that "this work is more meaningful than journalism and has more benefits"
Dmitry Bykov is a convinced anti-Stalinist. In his opinion, "Stalin overtook Russia as a country with the highest intellectual potential, with the best culture in the world, with the fantastic enthusiasm of the people ... In 30 years Stalin turned Russia into the world’s most boring and vilest country - a country in which the five-year war pause, with all the military nightmares, was perceived as a gulp of fresh air ... ".
Twice he refused a personal invitation to the meeting of cultural figures with Vladimir Putin, on October 7, 2009 and April 29, 2011. On December 10, 2011, Dmitry Bykov participated and spoke at a protest rally in Bolotnaya Square, Moscow, against the rigging of the election results to the State Duma of the sixth convocation. The journalist joined the organizing committee of the following demonstrations. He explained his motivation saying that he is "fed up with such a feeling of the power and such an atmosphere in this country". In response to the president’s "straightforward line" memorable for its replica about “banderlogists” Dmitry Bykov came up with the satirical poem "The Fresh Law of the Jungle" broadcast on the air of the radio station Echo of Moscow on December 19, 2011.

According to the results of a public poll in Facebook, the journalist entered the Top 10 persons, whom citizens wanted to see and listen to at a protest rally in Sakharov Avenue on December 24, 2011. In his speech at the meeting, Bykov predicted the upcoming of new political elite.

In January 2012, he became one of the founders of the League of Voters. On February 4, 2012, Dmitry Bykov participated in the "anti-Putin" protest rally in Bolotnaya Square, where he joined the demand to release all political prisoners.

On October 22, 2012, in the election of the Coordination Council of the Opposition on the civil list, he took the second place, having gained 38.5 thousand votes out of 81 thousand voters. Dmitry Bykov was second only to Alexei Navalny, who got 43 thousand votes.

According to Dmitry Bykov, “Russia is a special country, where even the laws of physics are very selective. Besides, Russia has lots of holes and so totalitarianism is not possible here". He states that "the Russian people willingly go after any leader just to avoid thinking themselves”. In his opinion, "the Russian reality is disgusting; and so the revolution seems desirable and not so difficult to do, but it will lead to nothing, but plenty of ​​blood and several decades of intellectual mega-fights”.

Dmitry Bykov’s attitude towards the liberal movement has been changing. After the Nord Ost tragedy in 2002 he said: "Liberalism today is an exact, cowardly and mean choice of a weakling. He knows where the power is, and is afraid to resist this force”. However, he changed to radically opposite positions in the 2010s.




Author: Vera Ivanova

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