Evgeny Mironov speaks out in defence of the Solzhenitsyns

posted 30 Sep 2014, 08:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Sep 2014, 08:23 ]
29 September 2014

Source: HRO.org (info)
The famous Russian actor Evgeny Mironov has written an open letter in response to Yury Polyakov, writer and chief editor of Literary Gazette (Literaturnaya gazeta), whose recent article, according to critics, distorts historical facts and aims to propagate Soviet and KGB myths, as well as propaganda slogans. 

“Dear Mr Polyakov,

Unfortunately, I cannot address you according to the rules of polite society. With your comments towards Natalya Solzhenitsyn, you have placed yourself beyond politeness.

There is little point discussing your attacks on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his work: your vile tone and unsubstantiated accusations recall only the darkest pages of our country’s history.

While history will put everything in its right place, it is already clear roughly which place Solzhenitsyn will take, and which place – Polyakov. Let your comments on the great Russian writer and thinker rest on your own conscience.

However, the way you let yourself address Natalya Dmitrievna cannot be left unanswered.

The only thing you should do presently is apologise to Natalya Dmitrieva and everyone whom you have made a witness to your base behaviour.

If you fail to carry this out, you’ll be known only as a scoundrel (podlets), the name of any person who insults a noble lady.”

Translated by Thomas Rowley