River under river
(Work in progress)
The Kama River is the mystical border between Europe and Asia, between two mentalities, between Christian Russia and the countryside. It was a water road from the Viking lands to Iran, and it is here where the great cities of ancient civilizations stood, the ones arose ages before Moscow and St. Petersburg. These lands remember such great conquerors as Attila, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane. But what remains of those great principalities? People who live here speak Russian or Tatar, ride Korean cars — like the whole world — and go to supermarkets — the same usual way. However, there are root cultures and a special «magic of the place» that I want to explore, because this is an important part of historical memory. This is the «other Russia», not the Russia of the Romanovs, the Bolsheviks and Vladimir Putin.
It’s said that there’s a very large percentage of Finno-Ugric and Volga Bulgar blood in Russia, despite all the repressions. And we need to talk about it. Why do we know about Rurik the duke, and at the same time we aren’t told about those with whom he lived and communicated? To speak the truth honest, our history lessons are funny. We aren’t going through the history of Russia or even the the Russian State, but through the story of the Romanov dynasty. This is certainly interesting, but doesn’t reflect the whole essence of the story. In general, the history of Russia is interesting, and for some reason we study it not at school, but throughout life after it.